Medium and Technique
Water Spirit Mask (Nigeria) (1970) -Ekpeye People
Water Spirit Mask captivates me time and time again. From the first time I visited the Harn, to the most recent, I tend to always admire Water Spirit Mask. Made from wood, paint, mirror, and metal, the mask demonstrates movement. The eye of the observer is led on by the multitude of curves portrayed on the horizontal masquerade headdress. Water Spirit Mask is made to resemble many aquatic features and aquatic motifs. The headdress is in the form of a boat, which is common in the riverine regions where the Ekpeye People dwell. Along with the form of the boat, Water Spirit Mask is seen to be equipped with serpentine and crocodilian features along the sides. Overall, the intricate design of the headdress, and the utter beauty of those that wear the horizontal mask, represents the artistry and joy within the Ekpeye People.