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Ibibio-Efik Headdress, Cross River Region, Nigeria

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Property from the Palm Springs Art Museum, Sold to Support the Care of Collections and the William Holden Fund for Acquisitions

Ibibio-Efik Headdress, Cross River Region, Nigeria

Ibibio-Efik Headdress, Cross River Region, Nigeria

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Lot sold:

20,160

USD

Property from the Palm Springs Art Museum, Sold to Support the Care of Collections and the William Holden Fund for Acquisitions

Ibibio-Efik Headdress, Cross River Region, Nigeria


Height: 23 in (58.4 cm)

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John J. Klejman, New York, acquired by 1955
William Holden, Palm Springs and Los Angeles, acquired in the 1960s or 1970s
Palm Springs Art Museum, donated by the estate of the above in 1982 (inv. no. DM 21-82A)
"Exhibition of African Art", Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin, Vol. 13, No. 2, Winter 1955 - 1956, pl. 38
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, Exhibition of African Art, February 6 - March 6, 1956
Headdresses and masks made by groups in the Cross River region of southeastern Nigeria and western Cameroon belonged to intra-generational associations of men and, sometimes, women, who were hunters, warriors, or who otherwise shared a skill or accomplishment. Naturalistic in form and deeply symbolic, these headdresses were just one part of a full-body costume that dancers wore during important ceremonies such as funerals and initiations. The rest of the costume consisted of a fabric robe that covered the dancer's body and at times, even his face.