Helmet Mask

Ejagham peoples, Nigeria19th century

Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto, Canada

Artists from the Cross River region of Nigeria often cover wooden masks with uncured antelope skin. The light and dark coloured faces of this helmut are female and male respectively. Secret societies used these masks in dance performances related to trade and warfare.


  • Title: Helmet Mask
  • Creator: Ejagham peoples, Nigeria
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w255 x h725 x d130 mm (Overall)
  • Credit Line: Gift from the Frum Collection, 1999
  • Type: Unknown
  • Rights: © 2011 Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift from the Frum Collection, 1999
  • Medium: wood, skin, ferrous alloy, polychrome

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