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AN EKOI HEAD CREST 19TH century Efut-Ibibio people, Cross River Region, Nigeria Wood, fibre, metal, animal skin and horn 48 cm high Provenance: Henri Kamer, Paris and New York

Ejagham Ngbe/Ekpa Headdress, Nigeria

Ejagham Ngbe/Ekpa Headdress, Nigeria

Ejagham Ngbe/Ekpa Headdress, Nigeria

Ejagham Ngbe/Ekpa Headdress, Nigeria

Ekoi Head Crest, Efut-Ibibio Group, Cross River Region, Nigeria

Ejagham Ngbe/Ekpa Headdress, Nigeria. Ekpe is a mysterious spirit who is supposed to live in the jungle and to preside at the ceremonies of the society. Members of the Ekpe society are said to act as messengers of the ancestors (ikan).