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This mask of the Anang, from the Group Ibibio, embodying a beautiful young woman, was dedicated to the entertainment parties of the company Ekpo. The hairstyle, which develops into braids and side shells, enhances the hollowed-out look of heavy eyelids. Under the frontal scarification in lozenge, distinctive of the group, the nasal appendage marked by a rounded end is born. The carefully carved mouth reveals the teeth. The surface has a cracked pink ochre patina.
The Ibibios are a people of West Africa, mainly present in southeastern Nigeria (Akwa Ibom State), but also in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. 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, shared by the Oron and Eket established on the right bank of the Cross River, is under the authority of the highest-ranking members of the men's association Ekpo (ghost). The presence of uninitiated to these rituals could cost them their lives. This company uses masks such as the idiok, linked to fallen spirits, and the , 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 française
EthnyIbibio
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height cm30
Width26 cm
Weight0.85 Kg
Estimated datingn/a
Socle inclusOptional

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