I can't offer a more specific attribution for your headdress but can point you toward a recent article, "Artifacts as Social Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Traditional Urhobo Society of Nigeria's Niger Delta"* by Abel Mac Diakparomre of Delta State University which offers in its introduction some interesting insights regarding the cultural complexity of the region and the persistence of unique sub-cultural influences -- including those of neighboring peoples such as the Ijo and Isoko -- upon Urhobo sub-groups. Happily, the article also makes illustrated reference to the use of cultural artifacts (as the title indicates) within Urhobo communities.
The article does provide, additionally, a bibliography which includes -- among many others -- selected articles from Perkins Foss, ed., Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art (Ghent and New York: Snoeck/Museum for African Art, 2004) which may provide useful directions for further research.
*Diakparomre, Abel Mac. (2009). Artifacts as Social Conflict Resolution Mechanism in Traditional Urhobo Society of Nigeria's Niger Delta. Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, 35(2), . Retrieved from: http://escholarship .org/uc/item/ 80v732qx
On Nov 30, 2009, at 5:43 PM, Robert F wrote:
I've been researching two interesting pieces and would like some some help in identification. The first is a Niger Delta headdress with cross cultural similarities of the Igbo, Urhobo, Isoko and Ijo. If anyone can help with a more specific identification and background information, it would be appreciated. 20 1/4" High x 12" Wide
See photo link: http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ album/1219236667 /pic/list
The second are a wedding couple from the Congo, perhaps Hemba or Kuba? They are tied together by fiber around the neck and ankles and each has katanga currency on top of the head. Again any identification and background information is appreciated. 8" High x 2 1/2" Wide.
See photo link: http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ album/820245220/ pic/list