Ekoi Headdress, Nigeria
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Description of Significance:
The Ekoi people, also referred to as Ejagham, are an ethnic group located in southeastern Nigeria, with some extending eastward into the southwestern region of Cameroon.
Ekoi headdresses, including this one, are affixed to basketry caps worn on the head. These headdresses were traditionally worn for both joyous festivities and important ceremonial occasions. When a high-ranking member of society passed away, the Ekoi would hold an elaborate commemorative funeral. During such events, a skilled dancer dressed in a full-length gown would wear the headdress as a symbol of honor and respect.
- Handcrafted for ceremonial use in Cameroon
Dimensions (in inches):
- Depth: 9"
- Width: 9"
- Height: 12"
- Woven grass
- Metal details
- Indigenous wood
- This piece does not include a base.
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About Antique African Art:
Hemingway Gallery regards antique African art as the best artistic expression of aesthetic beauty and storytelling throughout the known history of art. Aside from artistic taste, African art accrues value in different ways than other genres, including use in ceremonial settings as well as age. 50 years can be regarded as old or antique when it comes to wood masks and totems. Hemingway Gallery provides both authoritative insight and context into each artifact in the collection, possessing and readily exhibiting direct, intimate knowledge of the source and pedigree. The goal is to preserve and curate one-of-a-kind artifacts of importance while creating a platform for the acquisition of spectacular unique pieces within financial reach.
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