Ajagham Headcrest
Lot 263
Ejagham Headcrest, Nigeria
Sold for US$ 6,250 inc. premium
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Rare Ejagham Headcrest, Nigeria Ajagham Headcrest
Lot Details
Ejagham Headcrest, Nigeria
height 9in (22.9cm)
the finely woven circular fiber base supporting the head fully encased in animal skin, with naturalistic, engaging features, the projecting ears and circular scarifications at the temples boardering the face with deep set oval eyes inset with metal pupils, arched nose and open mouth revealing two rows of wooden plugs inset as teeth, wearing a finely woven fiber and human hair coiffure and highlighted overall with black painted designs on the face; "57206 Gr. Fluss-GRB.Dr.Mansfeld,Kamarun" written in white pigment on back of neck.

Collected by Dr. Mansfeld, Cameroon
Foundation Dr. Edmund Müller, Beromünster, Switzerland (accession no. 145)
Sotheby's, New York, November 1998 (Lot 83)
Private Collection, New York

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the provenance should read: Collected by Dr. Mansfeld, Cameroon; Linden Museum; Foundation Dr. Edmund Müller, Beromünster, Switzerland (accession no. 145); Sotheby's, New York, November 1998 (Lot 83); Private Collection, New York
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