Ibibio mask of the Ekpo - SOLD OUT

In African art, the tribal masks and accessories of the Ekpo society constitute the greatest works among the Ibibio. Drums and music are also important elements of Ekpo ceremonies. The wooden sculpture of this region is very detailed and the artists are also likely to capture the beauty of the evil spirits.

The villages are led by Ekpo Ndem Isong (group of village elders) and extended heads of families. Their decisions are made by the members of society who play the role of the ancestors' messengers. Ekpo members are still masked in the exercise of their policing duties, although their identity is almost always known, fear of retaliation from the party of ancestors. beyond their social limits, which could be described as police brutality. Membership is open to all Ibibio men, but nevertheless, there is a certain level of wealth to access politically influential ranks. Crusted patina with well preserved polychromy.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
32 x 19 cm
Ethnic group
Ibibio
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Nigeria
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium
Condition
Excellent

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