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Ibibio Puppet (N° 18864)

This puppet shows a seated woman with a mirror and a comb. With the braids of the ibibio girls' hair, she offers an articulated jaw operated by a wire on the back.
Discreet polychrome patina, granular.
The Ibibios are a people of West Africa, mainly present in south-eastern Nigeria (Akwa Ibom State), but also in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. The 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 , linked to fallen spirits, and the mfon , representing saved souls. Statues and puppets are used by the ekon society every seven years through theatrical performances accompanied by music.  

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OriginRécoltée in-situ 1996
Material(s)wood, metal, textile
Height cm48
Width13 cm
Weight1.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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