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A fine Ibibio wooden face mask with articulated jaw

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1950: Item # 1193879

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Powerful, aggressive and fierce describe such blackened face masks representing evil and immoral people who were turned into apparitions at their death. The open mouth is threatening, and made all the more so by its articulated lower jaw. Part of the men's Ekpo Society centered on ghostly beings. From southeastern Nigeria, the mask dates to the early-mid 20th century. Dimensions are 10.5"H x 7.25"W, and its condition is excellent with some old loss and decay mainly to the underside of the lower jaw. A bite stick on the interior helped keep the mask in-place during the chaotic, wild dance. Provenance: Florida private collection, 1980's.