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Ibibio Mask with Articulated Jaw 9.25″ – Nigeria – African Tribal Art

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This mask was created in the style of the Ibibio people of Nigeria. This face mask features a face with small crescent shaped eyes and an articulated jaw held together with leather and metal wire. The mask measures 9.25 inches tall and weighs a half pound. There is chips, scrapes and scuffs throughout – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.

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Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Ibibio

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

9.25"

Width (Inches)

5.75"

Depth (Inches)

3.25"

Weight (Pounds)

0.5 lb

Overall Condition

cracking, scrapes, chips and imperfections

Tribe Information

About the Ibibio People

“The Ibibio and the Anang people number around 2,000,000 and live in an area between the Delta and the Cross River. Their main resource is farming maize and iguame. They live in villages led by a chief elected from the most hounourable heads of important families and Ibibio and Anag social life is regulated by three secret societies which incorporate masks into their annual ceremonies. The most important of these societies is the Ekpo, which is responsible for the cult of the ancestors, who are in turn responsible for the welfare of the tribe. In Ibibio ceremonies, two main types of mask appear. The first, known as Mfon, has an articulated jaw and represents a ‘beautiful’ spirit who has attained eternal bliss. The second mask, called Idiok, is thought to represent a hell-dwelling spirit and is carved with a typical emaciated face, possibly alluding to ill-health.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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