Lot: 176

95th Tribal Art Auction

Dance crest "ekpeshi"

Nigeria, Afo / Idoma

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Ketterer, Munich, Germany H: 11.6 inch 1500 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, three-part, rest., base This headdress bears the characteristic chameleon-and-cocks-comb superstructure which was worn by the drummer, known as the "featherman" ("ekpeshi"). The strictly geometrical shape of the cockscomb, as well as the stylized form of the chameleons, could indicate that the headdress originates from the neighbouring Idoma, who adapted the "ekpeshi" headdress from the Afo and called it "ajika".

Vogel, Susan, For spirits and kings, African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection, New York 1981, p. 152