Head Crest

Ekoi/Ejagham, Cross River Nigeria
19th Century

This rare double headed crest is a memorable example of Cross River artistry. The wooden faces are covered in animal skin and possess an intriguing quality that is slightly macabre but also inviting. The features on both faces are expressive and well done. The human hair is intact as well as the fiber decorations which are usually lost with these crests. The basketry is still attached and in good shape considering the age; the basketry is how the object is attached to the dancer during ceremonies. This is a very old and rare example.

This head crest stands 9 inches tall.

Price Upon Request / IN 2-8-10