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    Igbo (Nigeria)
    Janus Headdress Mask
    Wood, pigment
    Height: 21 7/8 inches Width: 13 ¼ inches Depth: 13 ½ inches

    Janus masks of imposing size, and carved to be worn over the head and rest on the shoulders, were used in the Onitsha-Awka area of Igboland by ekkpe (leopard society members). It is the strength of the leopard's spirit and not its form or movement that is represented in these masks that have considerable variety of form. The leopard society was a men's association dedicated to the advancement of a man's wealth and status. Ekkpe (Ngbe) spread throughout southeast Nigeria from its Ejagham origins, where it had political power, and was adopted in a less hierarchical form by the Igbo, Ibibio, and as far east as the Bangwa, who straddle the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Duality was a common theme for ekkpe; the black and white faces respectively might represent the valiant member and his wife.
    In addition to minor overall vertical crack systems and insect pitting, there are old use abrasions and chips along the edges and pigment abrasions and losses.

    Provenance:
    Emil Olsen, Copenhagen
    Professor George Nelson Preston, New York, 1969



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    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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