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49. Ibibio mask, Idiok Ekpo, Nigeria,
wood, pigments and metal, 12 1/2" (33 cm)
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49. Ibibio mask, Idiok Ekpo, Nigeria, wood, pigments and metal, 12 1/2" (33 cm)
  Representing a dangerous and unrestrained wild spirit, the Idiok Ekpo mask forms the counterpoint to the serene and beautiful Mfon Ekpo, the mask of the revered spirits. These are the masks used in the Ekpo society masquerades among the Ibibio, and are a clear illustration of the theme of duality (male/female, beauty/ugliness, light/dark, serene/dangerous, etc) common in much of African art and culture.

Collection of Dimondstein Tribal Arts

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