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Ekpesi ('Feather Man' Headdress)


During the dry summer months, when farming demands less attention, the Eloyi begin their masquerade. It is a celebration of the male elders who passed away the previous year. The Ekpesi is worn by the drummer during this annual ritual. It is also...

Okeshi (Fertility Figure)


The Eloyi (also known as Afo) of present-day Nigeria, live north of the Benue River, in the south-east foothills of Nasarawa state. Much remains unknown about the work created by the artists of the region but the Eloyi are famous for maternity...