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    Bokyi (Nigeria)
    Animal Headcrest
    Wood, skin, horn, pigment, hair
    Height: 12 ¼ inches Width: 12 inches Depth: 15 ½ inches

    This crest, worn on the top of the dancer's head on a base flaring out at the bottom, with four holes for costume attachment, and representing an antelope, is comprised of skin over a wood armature, with actual antelope horns and hairy skin, probably from a goat, attached. The mouth is slightly open showing a red tongue and white teeth. The white eyes are painted on almond-shaped holes in the skin covering. Large, hair-embellished ears project diagonally back, parallel to the longer horns.

    It probably represents a spirit of the wilderness and perhaps that of a hunter.

    As with most skin-covered objects, there are lifts along jointure edges and a few small cracks, but overall the condition is sound. A piece of the basal flange is missing at front and another at the rear.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



    Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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