Emblème Ejagham de la société Esprit du Léopard, Nkpa, État de Cross River, Nigéria, XIXe siècle, bois, crânes animaliers, bambou, fer, tambour, 115 x 97 x 23 cm, Paris, Collection Liliane et Michel Durand-Dessert. Photo : François Doury
The Nwagu Aneke Igbo ScriptIn a rural land owner and dibia (diviner) named Nwagu Aneke, who claimed to be ‘illiterate’, invented a syllabary and morphographic writing system for the Umuleri dialect of Igbo. He said the script was taught to him.
Cross River, Nigeria - Musée du Quay Branly - The Anang, the Ibibio, and their neighbours from the Cross River all share this type of mask, on which a small round face stands out from a background that can be circular, quadrangular, or, as here, shield-shaped. The incongruous shape of this mask is interpreted as being the evocation of the Great Mother, a creator divinity associated with the full moon.