Ekett Mask from Nigeria
The Eket people are a small ethnic group in southeastern Nigeria, neighbours of the Ibibio and Ogoni. The sculptural art of the Eket includes dance crests, marionettes and 3 different mask types: plank masks, smaller, round, flat mask and face masks as the actual present.Masks such as these were used by members of the ‘Ekpo’ and ‘Ekong’ societies of the Eket for dances during harvest festivals.
Almost round face mask is carved from light-coloured, lightweight wood and dyed black, with accentuated eyebrows, a vertical forehead scar in relief, large, crescent shaped eyes, a small, wide nose, a pointed, protruding, small closed mouth, as well as notched decorative lines on both cheeks and the chin.
PLEASE NOTE THIS MASK IS NOT OLD.
Provenance: Ex English Collection
Stand: No included
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