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    Igbo (Nigeria), Ngwa Region
    Cap headdress for Ekpe
    Wood, traces of pigment, cloth, nails
    Height: 14 ½ inches Width: 6 ½ inches Depth: 7 ¼ inches

    Comprised as a solid wood head on an extended neck flaring at the bottom (which was lashed to the wearer's head), this cap headdress was probably danced by members of the Ekpe association. Simplified facial feature include coffee-bean eyes, an open mouth with teeth showing, a short nose and circular ears. A hole 2 5/8 inches in diameter and 1 ¾ inches deep is hollowed out of the head at back slightly lower than midway. The patina suggests long use.

    There is residual yellow cloth along the headcrest. A crack runs down the proper left side behind the ear, starting on the crest and ending at the top of the neck. A wider crack extends down the neck slightly father back at the proper left. There is a small loss from the base on the proper right somewhat behind the ear area.

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



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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