Lot: 214

91 Tribal Art Auction

Figural headdress

Nigeria, Ogoni / Ibibio

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Fily Keita, Los Angeles, USA H: 18.1 inch 5000 EUR
plus 27 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, strong encrusted patina, plant fibre, base

This headdress was probably used for the "ka-elu" masquerade which was performed for fertility purposes prior to the New Yam festival.

At a corresponding event at E-eke in July 1992, more than twenty mask dancers were observed, each representing one particular family of the city. They moved from one family compound to the next t in order to bring blessings from the ancestors and dispel evil spirits.

Anderson, Martha G., Ways of the Rivers, Los Angeles 2002, p. 281, ill. 9.7 Compare AHDRC 0144396