Tribal art > African mask > Ejagham Mask
This mask has an extravagant volute hairstyle that represents the hair extensions of young girls at the end of their period of initiation reclusion. The wood is covered with animal skin, most often antelope. The mouth reveals metal teeth.
Height on base: 47 cm.
The dancer's costume was made up of a large lattice of raffia cords and, more recently, of cotton fabric. The masks were coated with palm oil before use, and placed in daylight so that the leather would soften and take on a satisfactory sheen.
Leopard societies, such as the male Kpe, Ngbe society among the Aro, used crests for initiation ceremonies or funerals of association members, but also during agricultural rituals.
The headdress would represent that of young women after their traditional seclusions during ...