Anthropomorphic headdress of the "oglinye" society
Nigeria, Idoma / Boki
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Michel Gaud, Saint Tropez, France
||H: 15.2 inch||5000 EUR / 10000 EUR|
wood, colour pigments, metal, basketry, crack (neck), hair lugs partly separately carved and fastened, originally covered with hide, base These crests depict ancestral female spirits who performed in war dances, as a counterpart to male masks that were originally supposed to be made of real human skulls. The crest shows the typical hairstyle that was achieved with the help of a special paste and is reminiscent of a type of seated female figures, as used by the Idoma in fertility rites for the water spirit "Anjenu".