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Rare Ibibio mask, with a flat structure, on which appears a bone model treated with mastery. The mask is coated with an old polychrome patina, flaking in places. Cracks of desiccation. Height on base: 38 cm.
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 ...


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