Nigeria: Tribal used Old & Rare African Ekoi head mask with leather and Raffia.Hand carved from wood and this mask is completely covered with leather. Height: 34 cm only the wood mask and total with the Raffia are 74 cm.This statue was collected between 1940 and 1960 and ended up in my private collection in 1999.
Taxatiewaarde: 650 - 750 euro.
In the Cross River region in southeast Nigeria, and over into Cameroon, several ethnicities are found and among them the Ejaghem. The oldest Cross River secret society may be the all-male Ngbe society of the Ejagham people. In their language ngbe means “leopard.” The cult of the leopard had a unifying effect on the scattered communities of the Cross River. Commercial, ritual, and social exchanges took place because of it, thus circumventing the drawbacks involved with a non-centralized regime and political institutions that often did not extend beyond the framework of the village.
With the exception of forest cleaning, Ejagham farm labor traditionally was done by women. The men were free to concentrate on hunting and the arts of war. It also meant that men had leisure for the elaboration of art. They combined a love of physical combat and physical self-realization in hunting with a love of artistic fulfillment. Both women and men wove raffia cloth on upright looms; both women and men devoted loving care to the elaboration of coiffure, body paint, and dress.