Oct 26, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 26, 2009



early 1900s

Wood, rawhide, cane, paint, bone or ivory, natural fiber, and metal

Overall: 67.3 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm (26 1/2 x 17 x 17 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1990.23

Did you know?

The headdress represents a girl that evokes ideal female beauty and is ready for marriage. The depicted hairstyle was worn during the coming-out ceremony following the girls’ seclusion.


Headdresses or crest masks made of antelope skin stretched over a carved head are a distinctive art form of the Cross River region in southeastern Nigeria and western Cameroon. This female evocation of ideal feminine beauty was most probably worn by an Ejagham woman in the context of a female society called Ekpa, which was responsible for the education of girls in preparation for marriage.


Ejagham Culture
How It Was Made
Ceremonial Performance
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