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The Ibibio are an ethnic group located in West Africa; in south-eastern Nigeria (Akwa Ibom), Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Ghana. The Ibibio do not have a centralised power; they adopt a social organisation similar to that of their neighbours, the Igbo. Secret societies are numerous among the Ibibio of the Cross River. Like the Eket and Oron on the right bank, the Ibibio glorify the ancestors. Thus, the male society Ekpo (meaning ghost), is mainly concerned with this cult. If a non-initiated person interferes with the ceremonies, he is liable to death. The Ibibio created many masks such as the idiok, for fallen spirits, and the mfon, for saved souls. In addition, the statues and puppets were used by the ekon society every seven years. During these performances, they mixed music and theatre.


Ibibio/Anang Idiok mask
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This African ibibio mask, with its large hollow eyes in a bony face, evokes a skull. A toothed mouth is drawn under the nose that indicates an orifice.
Dark patina, oiled, glossy. Cracks and abrasions. Slight residues of red ochre pigments around the eyes.
Height on base: 49 cm. The Ibibios are a West African people, mainly present in the southeast of Nigeria (Akwa Ibom State), but also in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. Secret societies are numerous among the Ibibio, who live 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 ...


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Marotte Ibibio from Ekon
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African art > Puppets, dolls > Ibibio Puppet

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 ...


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Masque Ibibio
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Ex Swiss African art collection.

The surface is entirely covered with furrows on this African mask ibibio with a crest in the form of two birds whose beak meets at the top, forming a graceful ornamental structure. One side has abraded areas, and gaps on the outer contours. 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 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 ...


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Masque Ibibio Idiok polychrome
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This African ibibio mask appears to be a skull. A large toothed mouth in the lower part accentuates the striking effect. Grainy matte 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. There are many secret societies among the Ibibios living 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 most senior members of the Ekpo. They use masks such as the idiok , linked to fallen spirits, and the mfon, representing the saved souls. Statues and puppets are used by ekon society every seven years through theatrical performances accompanied by music.

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Ibibio/Eket panel mask
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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 ...


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Masque Anang, Ibibio
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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 ...


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Masque Ibibio Eket
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The African art and tribal masks of the Ekpo
D'ample orbital cavities, where protruding pupils are hollowed out, and between which points a triangular nose make up most of our African Eket mask, from the collection of the painter 'a href'"http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href-U'0022https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engstfeld-schremper/U-0022 stained glass. A large mouth reveals a row of sharp teeth. The thick granular patina coated forms cracks, and the alternating use of red ochre pigments and white kaolin on the eyes accentuates the hypnotic character. The Ekets, based in southeastern Nigeria, are a subgroup of the Ibibio ethnic group known for its expressive masks. It is a patrilineal society whose villages are governed by the ...


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Masque facial  Anang Ibibio
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Anang Mask

This mask of the Anang, from the Group Ibibio, usually playing a beautiful young woman, was dedicated to the entertainment parties of the company Ekpo. The hairstyle develops into thick side shells frames a red-tinted face on which gashes on either side of the nose allow vision. The mouth reveals teeth traditionally cut into tip, beauty criterion. The surface offers an eroded wood. Burgundy patina, inlays of localized red pigments.
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, ...


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