Used primarily during the Ekpe Harvest-time festivals, these pedestal-form headdresses come in a variety of styles and configurations such as single-faced, janus-faced, multi-headed etc., depending on the area from which they originate. This particular example shows a strong, well-carved head with prominent, filed front teeth and whitened facial plains. The headpiece shows good use and age with a deep, varied and shiny patina, overall, and is just under 12"in height x 4.75"W. Very fine condition with small, old abrasions and a slight 'check' in the wood on the right side of the head. Probably from the northeastern region of Igboland, close to the Cross River area. Early 20th C. Provenance: Old collection of Peter Pollack, NY and FL, since the 1950's.