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Masque Eket Ibibio (N° 19278)
The Eket carve circular masks for agricultural festivals and funeral ceremonies of the society Ekpo . In the center, the small face would be associated with the "Grandmother", creative spirit linked to the full moon. The triangular decorative motifs symbolize the necklaces of animal teeth worn by members of the Idiong diviner society during certain ceremonies.
A collar came to halo the mask, fixed to the perforations of the contours.
Crusty matt patina. Height on base : 38 cm.
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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. The cult of ancestors 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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