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Ibibio Idiok Eket Mask Articulated Jaw Nigeria African Art

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Title Ibibio Idiok Eket Mask Articulated Jaw Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Face mask
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Ibibio 
Materials Wood, pigment, nails, cloth (cotton?) straps
Approximate Age mid 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 14 Inches
Width: 7.25 Inches
Depth: 4.75 Inches
Overall Condition Fair . Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair chipped and damaged wood, worn and scraped surfaces

Additional Information: A deformity mask with prominent teeth in a mouth painted bright red.  The mask wears a hat and has several layers of colored pigments applied under the eyes and on the hat.  The jaw is a seperate piece, connected at the jaw using raffia cord.  The mask creates a fearsome gaze, and would have a proud place in any public or private collection.  

The Ibibio of the Niger Delta region regulate their lives through the activities of male secret societies, the most powerful and prominent being the Ekpo Society. This secret society in based upon an ancestral cult who advise, direct and guide the Ibibio in all facets of their lives. This mask danced by the exclusively male Ekpo Society is known as Idiok, an ugly mask representing the dead, who are seen as wandering spirits that are potentially evil and have dark powers. Masks with deformed features often play upon the idea of an anti-aesthetic as they depict physical deformities or the effects of disease. 

 Recommended Reading: Kerchache's ART OF AFRICA