The Eket are a sub-group of the
Ibibio, living to the west of the
Cross River on the Cameroon
border. They have no centralized
government and secret societies
rule over daily life. Ancestor
worship is universally practiced.
The masks are used by members
of the Ekpo society, who play a
political, legislative, judiciary,
and religious role in the village.
This plaque mask was likely attached as a side panel to a main mask.
Ex. Charles Jones African Art, N. Carolina, Ex. Scott Rodolitz, and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Height: 10 ⅛"
Height including stand: 12 ⅛"
Width: 8 ¼"
Depth: 2 ½"