Tribal art > African mask > Crest Ekoi
Scroll crests in Ejagham/Ekoi African art.
From a circular base decorated with mirrors rises a realistic type head, carried by a high neck. The headdress is made of braids gathered in volutes. The dancer's costume consisted of a large mesh of raffia cords, and more recently, cotton fabric. The masks were coated with palm oil before use, and placed in daylight so that their leather would soften and take on a satisfactory luster. Oily, shiny patina.
Leopard societies, such as the Kpe male society, Ngbe among the Aro, used this model of crest for initiation ceremonies or funerals of association members, but also during agricultural rituals.
The hairstyle would represent the hairstyle of the young women named Moninkim at the end of their traditional seclusion during which the ...