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Ekpesi ('Feather Man' Headdress)

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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)

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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...


Kundul (Healing Figure)

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The Wurkun, so-called by the Jukun, meaning "people of the hills", is more accurately a collection of ethnic groups including the Piya, Kulung, Kwonci, and Kode living in the Muri Mountains of Nigeria. These groups share beliefs, rituals and...


Alusi (Spirit Force Figure)

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Igbo tutelary deities, known as alusi, are spirits that serve as guardians, patrons, or protectors of a particular person, place, lineage, or occupation. These minor deities are often associated with natural elements such as earth, rivers, forests...


Olojufoforo (Ancestor Mask)

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The oloyiya (meaning ‘owner of combs’ also called okyiya, or epa are) mask is a ceremonial mask worn by the Yoruba people. These masks are a type of Epa mask from the Ekiti province in Nigeria, used in week-long,...


Duein Fubara (Ancestor Memorial Screen)

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The Kalabari Ijo began creating ancestral screens during the nineteenth century as a way to honour, memorialise and communicate with deceased leaders of ‘war canoe houses’. Called duein fubara (sometimes written as...