Dimensions: H:16.1" W:9.6" L:4.3" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Eket Mask from Nigeria - This circular mask made of hard wood is from the Eket tribe of Nigeria. Members of the Ekpo Society wear these masks during dance ceremonies such as harvest festivals to thank their ancestors for good harvest or when honoring departed important warriors. It is also used during Abubom performances
About the Tribe
The Eket tribe is a small sub-group of the Ibibio people who live in southeastern Nigeria, primarily in Cross River state. They speak Ekid, an Efik-Ibibio dialect that is now part of the Benue-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family. They are well-known for their skillful wood carving. Ekpo Ndem Isong, a group of village elders and the heads of extended families administered law and justice in accordance with traditional custom and Ekpo society members assisted in the enforcement of these decisions.