Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ejagham maker
  • headdress, circa 1950
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, antelope skin?, plant fiber, kaolin clay?, gum resin?, human hair, carving, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23 x 11 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 4 5/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3100
Label Text

The human head has a very long neck and sits on a woven base. It is made of antelope skin, dyed red, and stretched over a frame. The hair is a black resin-like material with human hair adhering to it. The face has three bumps on either side, in front of the ears, and another in the center of the forehead. The eyes and teeth are colored with kaolin clay. There is a black resin-like substance above the upper lip. The neck flares in the middle all the way around, though it is larger in front, possibly representing a larynx.