Lot: 222

97th Auction

Janus helmet mask with skin covering

Nigeria, Cross River, Ekoi (Ejagham), Akparabong

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Africa Museum, Berg en Dal, The Netherlands (Inv.nr. 1952)
Berry de Bruijn, Breda, The Netherlands
H: 21.3 inch 2500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, hide, polychrome paint residues, nails, disc-shaped decorative elements and horn-shaped appendages worked separately.

The faces are coloured red and black, possibly representing a male and a female side and thus taking up the motif of duality.

A comparable helmet mask published by Wittmer, 1978, p. 78, ill. 184.


Wittmer, Marcilene K. & William Arnett, Three Rivers of Nigeria, Atlanta 1978