This mask was created in the style of the Ibibio people of Nigeria. This richly pigmented face mask has a solemn expression and features a seated figure with no arms on the top of its head. The mask measures 19 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. There is some wood deterioration, cracking, scrapes and scuffs throughout – please see photos. Stand is not included.
Ibibio Mask with Seated Figure 19″ – Nigeria – African Art
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Wood deterioration, cracking, scrapes and scuffs
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.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.