Ejagham crest mask with a human head

Kane Khanh | Archeaology
September 29, 2023


Ejagham crest-mask with a human head. Cross River region, Nigeria, 19th  century. Quai Branly Museum [2163x2753] : r/ArtefactPorn
Date: 19th c.
Geography: Cross River region, Nigeria.
Materials: Human skull, antelope skin, basketry, lead, hair.
Quai Branly Museum, Paris, France.


Masks of this kind are usually covered in antelope skin, but rare examples covered in human skin have led researchers to hypothesize that warriors originally wore the heads of killed enemies. The masks are thus believed to symbolize the appropriation of enemies’ power.

An Ekoi Ejagham Headdress, Nigeria - Artkhade

Ekoi people, also known as Ejagham, are a Bantoid ethnic group in the extreme south of Nigeria and extending eastward into the southwest region of Cameroon. They speak the Ekoi language, the main Ekoid language. Other Ekoid languages are spoken by related groups, including the Etung, some groups in Ikom (such as Ofutop, Akparabong and Nde), some groups in Ogoja (Ishibori and Bansarra), Ufia and Yakö. The Ekoi have lived closely with the nearby Efik, Annang, Ibibio and Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. The Ekoi are best known for their Ekpe headdresses and the Nsibidi text. They traditionally use Nsibidi ideograms, and are the group that originally created them

African mask made from a human skull covered with antelope skin and human  hair on the skull and chin. | Schädelkunst, Etnische kunst, Satanische kunst