Africa, Nigeria, Cross River Region, Ekoi People / Headdress of a Maiden / c. 1915Africa, Nigeria, Cross River Region, Ekoi People
Headdress of a Maiden
c. 1915

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Nigerian
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Nigeria, Cross River Region, Ekoi People
Title: Headdress of a Maiden
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1910
Creation End Date: 1920
Creation Date: c. 1915
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood, antelope skin, bone, basketry, and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 67.3cm x 43.2cm x 43.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1990.23
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Style or Period: Africa, Nigeria, Cross River Region, Ekoi People
Context: This headdress was probably owned by the Egbege Society, which supervised women's affairs, including the indigenous school that prepared young girls for adulthood and marriage. Worn atop the head of a masker in festival, funeral, and initiation ceremonies, the headdress depicts a young woman as she emerges -- strengthened, fattened, and beautified.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1990.23
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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