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Statue Eket (N° 19549)
The hairstyle of this unconventional Eket statue is organized in braids forming a crenellation. Surrounding a swollen bust, the arms are unhooked. Legs with sharp knees adopt similar volumes. The bulbous abodmen is marked with polychrome rhombic scarifications. Granular and velvety matte patina, locally abraded.
The Eket, based in southeastern Nigeria, are a subgroup of the Ibibio ethnic group known for their 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, in the course of their political functions, are always masked. Their Ogbom ceremony, which takes place in the middle of the year every eight days for eight weeks, aims to appease the god of the earth named Ala , who grants fertility and abundant crops. This deity is also celebrated by the Igbo and the Ibibio.
(Source: Arts of Nigeria, 5continents )
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