Overall Condition: Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.
Damage/Repair: Tears in old leather, wear
The Ejagham, also known as Ekoi, in Nigeria, is associated with the Ngbe, a secretive men's society characterized by distinctive head crests worn by its members, particularly those belonging to the Leopard Society. Living in proximity to the Cross River, these groups share language and organizational structures governed by local elders, yet rely on men's secret societies like Ngbe for community regulation, instruction, and initiation. Originally a warrior's society, Ngbe members now engage in social control and political activities. These individuals use ritual equipment, including large skin-covered masks worn over body costumes, housed in chapter lodges. The Ngbe society celebrates life events like funerals and employs these ceremonial items for initiation rites. The head crests, like the Ngbe's, are worn atop a basketry cap, signifying a rich cultural heritage and a blend of social and ceremonial significance within the Ejagham community.