Philip Keith

'Idiok' Mask

Ibibio,

Ekpene (?), Calabar Province, Nigeria

16.5 x 12 x 7cm

DESCRIPTION

Ugly masks, in contrast to beautiful/good masks, exhibit exaggerated and distorted features representing malevolent, wandering spirits of ancestors (idiok ekpo). They are usually small, with non-human features such as jagged teeth, painted black and sometimes represent the disfiguring disease gangosa (Rhinopharyngitis mutilans which attacks the soft tissue of the nose and palate), and is called odok (no-nose) in Ibibio.

CONDITION

wear consistant with age

Provenance

Ex. Max Wilborg

DATE

20th C.

Dimensions

16.5 x 12 x 7cm

PRICE

GBP £

1500

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