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Eket Ibibio mask (N° 21379)

The Eket carve circular masks for the agricultural festivals and funeral ceremonies of the Ekpo society. In the center of this small mask, the face symbolizes the "Great Mother", a creative spirit linked to the full moon. As for the triangular decorative motifs, they refer to the necklaces of animal teeth worn by members of the Idiong divining society during certain ceremonies. A collar would halo the mask, attached to the perforations of the contours.
Thick matt patina. Misses.
Secret societies are numerous among the Ibibio settled west of the Cross River. Without a centralized government, their social organization is comparable to that of the neighboring Igbo. Ancestor worship is under the authority of the highest ranking members of the Ekpo. The latter use masks such as the idiok, related to fallen spirits, and the mfon, representing saved souls. The statues and puppets are used by the ekon society, every seven years, through theatrical performances accompanied by music.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm18
Weight0.55 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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