Idiok Mask - Ibibio People - Nigeria (LS6)
Living west of the Cross River, the
Ibibio have no centralized government and are divided into a number
of sub-groups such as the Anang &
the Oron. Secret societies rule over
daily life and ancestor worship is
universally practiced. Their
principal society is Ekpo (literally
"dead ancestor") and plays a
political, legislative, judiciary
and religious role in the village.
It is a graded association in
charge of the ancestor cult and
includes this mask type, the
Idiok, which evokes wandering
spirits. The wearer personifies the
spirits who have momentarily
returned to the world of the living.
They have a dangerous character
& their authoritarian nature invests
them with an immunity, that allows
the dancers to confront anyone.
Ex James Schmidt Collection
11.5"H x 9.5"W x 6"D