Afo Metal Headcrest with Animal Figure 10″ – Nigeria – African Tribal Art

Original price was: $780.00.Current price is: $195.00.


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This headcrest was created in the style of the Afo people of Nigeria. It has beautiful designs throughout and features an animal figure on the top. It measures 10 inches tall by 9.25 inches long and weighs 2.5 pounds. There is some minor imperfections – please inspect photos.

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Unknown metal

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Weight (Pounds)

2.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Fair with minor imperfections

Tribe Information

About the Afo People

“The people living on the banks of the Niger and Benue Rivers share many social and artistic traditions. They are thought to have common ancestors known as the Akpoko people. Traditionally, they principally make their money by acting as trade intermediaries between the inland people and the people who inhabit the Niger River Delta.
The Afo people settled north of the junction of the Niger and the Benue Rivers. Their Okeshi figures are used by members of the Alanya Beshi society during annual festivities related to fertility rites. They are carved as seated or standing female figures with overall linear body and face scarifications. Caryatid stools were also made. Recent studies have suggested that these sculptures, attributed to the Afo, may, in fact, have been carved by northern Nigerian tribes, themselves influenced by the Fulani people.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.


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