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Headdress

Ekoi peoples, Cross River Nigeria/Cameroon

Wood, skin and pigment, with a cane base

Gift of Laura T. Gorham for Taylor M. Gorham

6.25 x 16 x 6.5 in

Wooden heads covered with antelope skin were used by certain associations in the southeastern part of Nigeria and western Cameroon in ceremonies ranging from entertainments to funerals. The light brown colour indicates that the figure is female, and the hair is styled in an elaborate coiffure. The head rests on a basketry flange that was secured to the masquerader’s head by a string and was worn with a cloth costume.

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