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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

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

ukpuru: Igbo Ekpe memebers wearing Ukara inscribed with nsibidi. Arochukwu region, Igboland, 1989. Photo by Eli Bentor, 1989

Igbo Ekpe members wearing Ukara inscribed with nsibidi. Arochukwu region, Igboland, Photo by Eli Bentor.

ukpuru: “ The Nwagu Aneke Igbo Script In 1960, a rural land owner and dibia (diviner) named Nwagu Aneke, who claimed to be ‘illiterate’, invented a syllabary and morphographic writing system for the...

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.

Ibibio women of Southern Nigeria.

Young ibibio women in traditional dance attire. The Ibibio peoples are indigenous to the southeastern region of Nigeria, West Africa, primarily Akwa Ibom State.

leopard-socy-textile

leopard society, Igbo Tribe, plain weave stitch resist on cotton died with indigo, century.

Igbo Agbogho Mmuo (maiden spirit) mask. Photo: Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Paris, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Images.

Igbo Agbogho Mmuo (maiden spirit) mask. Photo: Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Paris, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Images.

*i love this mask! i can not wait to get a tattoo of it on my back! yes i said it a tattoo!* 16th Century Benin, Ivory mask, Nigeria

Nigeria - Century Edo Pendant Mask, Queen Iyoba (Michael C. Carved out of ivory for the "Oba" (king) of Benin.

Bogolan cloth is woven in plain cotton strips, sewn together and dyed with natural substances made from tree leaves. Using various types of mud it is covered in designs. Mud from sandstones is used to get the reds and orange colors, and mud from rivers is used for black and grey. The cloth is left to dry in the sun and eventually, the mud is removed leaving their imprints behind. Traditionally, the designs are geometric and abstract in nature and the artists who create them are all women.

Bogolan cloth is woven in plain cotton strips, sewn together and dyed with natural substances made from tree leaves.

Abakwa Festival in Nigeria

Abakwa Festival in Crossriver State in Nigeria

Igbo statue (ikenga) from the Collection of Jacques Blanckaert, Bruxelles

Igbo statue (ikenga) from the Collection of Jacques Blanckaert, Bruxelles

African Fetish Objects from The Dick Jemison Tribal Art Collections

These objects include string dolls made by the Kirdi people, recently added are Nail fetishes and an Ewe crocodile fetish.

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.

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.

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