Lot: 259

94th Tribal Art Auction

Anthropomorphic headdress

Nigeria, Idoma / Boki

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Alex Arthur, Brussels, Belgium H: 11.4 inch 2500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, kaolin, mass, human hair, insect caused damage, cracks, base For a dance headdress by the same artist see AHDRC 0092689. This headdresses were made for the "oglinye" performance genre tied to male initiation and danced also at second burial ceremonies of deceased society members. These heads are reinventions, in wood, of actual trophy heads, taken in battle from enemies, which were danced earlier in precolonial "oglinye" rites.