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Masque Ibibio (N° 12804)

Ex-collection French African art.
Of unusual structure, this panel mask is made up of two face masks, flat, on which stand out similar faces. Pupils are pierced in a fairly realistic facies bleached with kaolin and associated with the spirit world. The characteristic of the lower part of the faces seems to be borrowed from the movable jaw masks linked to the Ekpo des Ibibio company, which is also found in the Ogoni. The Ekets also carve lunar masks for the Ekpo Society's agricultural festivals and funeral ceremonies. Crusty and matte patina. Secret societies are numerous among the Ibibio set up west of the Cross River. Without centralized government, their social organization is comparable to that of neighbouring Igbo. The cult of ancestors is under the authority of the highest-ranking members of the Ekpo. They use masks such as the idiok, linked to fallen spirits, and the mfon, representing saved souls. The statues and puppets are used by the company ekon, every seven years, through theatrical performances accompanied by music.  

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Originex-collection Lagarde
EthnyIbibio
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height cm68
Width24 cm
Weight2.14 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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