Ekpene (?), Calabar Province, Nigeria
16.5 x 12 x 7cm
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.
wear consistant with age
Ex. Max Wilborg