Dear Rand and Lee !
You are really magicians. So many informations, documented with photos, and so quickly : astounding ! Until now, I never saw anyone knocking in vain at your door and you deserve gratitude and the best compliments.
Rand, you asked me why I am asking about the Guemai. There are two reasons : the "chronic" one is that, since I live in Nigeria, I focus my ethno-art studies on Nigerian traditions. The sudden reason is that my husb Thomas, who is now in Lagos, was offered a couple of Guemai statue (bird-crocodile-type) - one male one female - and a Guemai mask by a runner. As I have never seen others than the one in the mentionned book, I asked you. Other specimens were not found and, in a way, that is good : I like to chase rarity !
I am waiting for the photos and will send them to you as soon as I get them.
Thank you again.
The trackable references to the Goemai (Gomei, Ankwe) are indeed limited. Living in the Plateau State of Nigeria in close proximity to the Jukun and the (Bassa) Nga, the Goemai "practice subsistence horticulture, raising ginger, millet, guinea corn, beans, and citrus products." They are patrilineal and patrilocal. According to Olson's The Peoples of Africa,"In recent years, they have begun migrating to towns and cities looking for work."
Below are the few online references or images I have found thus far, although these illustrated pieces seem to resemble Montol or Jukun styles moreso than the image you have uncovered in Phillips' Africa. Another mystery.
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