Circular face mask for the "ekpo" society
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Pierre Dartevelle, Brussels, Belgium||H: 7.1 inch||12000 EUR / 25000 EUR|
wood, pigment, base Eket peoples, an Ibibio subgroup, share some style qualities and men's societies (such as "ekpo", "idiong" and "ekong") with other Ibibio groups. The "ekpo" society is especially known for the large number of extremely varied masks it deploys during the planting and harvesting of yams. Also the type of the small moon-shaped masks should, according to Neyt have been danced at yam festivals and funerals by members of the society. The rituals are said to have been related to the female creator deity or "Great Mother" ("eka abbassi") and the moon.