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Ibibio mask (N° 22382)

As if carved in stone, this mask features a face with a brow bone, a thick nose and jaw. Comparatively narrow, the eyelids have a slight asymmetry. Long, rectangular ear flaps run along the face, which is topped with a crenellated horizontal crest. Abraded speckled patina.
The Ibibios are a people of West Africa, mainly present in the south-east of Nigeria (State of Akwa Ibom), but also in Ghana, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. 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, related to fallen spirits, and the mfon, representing saved souls. The statues and puppets are used by the ekon society, every seven years, through theatrical performances accompanied by music.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm29
Width24 cm
Weight0.85 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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