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Eket Crest Mask (N° 12816)

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Used during the Masquerades related to the Ogbom and honoring the deity of the earth, these masks were stored in the smoke ducts of the houses in order to be protected from insects. Only the men wore african crest masks during the dances that took place in front of the altars. The half-moon eyes, the shape of the upturned nose accompanied by a thin mouth are characteristic of Eket masks. Grainy black brown skate. The Ekets, based in southeastern Nigeria, are a subgroup of the Ibibio ethnic group known for its expressive masks. It is a patrilineal society whose villages are governed by the Ekpo Ndem Isong , a group of elders and heads of extended families. Their decisions are reinforced by members of the Ekpo society who act as messengers of the Ikan (ancestors) and who, during their political duties, are always masked. Their ceremony Ogbom , which takes place in the middle of the year every eight days over eight weeks, aims to appease the earth god named Ala , which grants fertility and abundance of crops. This divinity is also celebrated by the Igbo and ibibio. (Source: Arts of Nigeria, 5continents)  

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Originex-collection Colmant
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1970
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