Ejagham. <em>Skin-covered Headdress with Raffia Beard</em>, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, antelope skin, fiber, pigment, metal, 13 1/2 x 8 in. (34.3 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Friede, 74.66.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.66.2_bw.jpg)

Skin-covered Headdress with Raffia Beard


Medium: Wood, antelope skin, fiber, pigment, metal

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 8 in. (34.3 x 20.3 cm) base diam: 7 1/4 in. (18.5 cm)


Accession Number: 74.66.2

Image: 74.66.2_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Wooden headdress in form of human head and covered with hide. There are notches down the center of forehead and on either side of face. Mouth is open and teeth are indicated. Around chin and extending and extending from ear to earis a short raffia beard. A braid hangs from the center of the beard. Eyes are inset with nail studs for pupils. Four braids are attached by wooden pegs to back of head. At base of neck is a rattan collar with one handle on either side. CONDITION: Skin covering is split: around base of skull extending to corner of mouth, also at back of neck, on left side and right side of head, on right temple, and on top of forehead. Raffia beard is flaking. Deep check inside left side of mouth.

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