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unknown Ibibio

Idiok Ekpo Mask

19th century - 20th century
Carved, drilled, and filed wood

10 in. (25.4 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.3.81
Other Number(s): 183 (115) (Neufeld Collection Number)
115 (Sotheby's Lot Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: Ibibio, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:
  • African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • carving - The act of shaping, marking, or decorating wood, stone, or another material by cutting or incising, typically using tools such as chisels and other blades. It refers to this process as it is applied to small-scale objects or to objects that are not considered art. "Carving" may also be considered a sculpture technique that is employed in the creation of art.
  • face masks - Masks that are worn on the face and cover most of it. Examples are masks worn for protection or during ritual dances in African and other cultures.
  • Ibibio
  • Nigerian
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • sacred objects - Broadly, ceremonial objects that retain their sacredness in their present context. Sometimes defined more narrowly as only those needed by a present-day culture to practice their religion. For objects that are used primarily for a religious ceremony or function, but are not necessarily in themselves considered sacred, use "religious objects."
  • West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
  • wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • African Images, Western Imageries: Collecting and Recollecting African Bryn Mawr College , Sep 26, 1999 – Jun 15, 2000

  • Owner Name: Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953
    Role: Donor
    Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, US
    Ownership End Date: 12/07/1996

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Important Tribal Art Sotheby's . New York, NY, 1989
    Figure Number: 115

Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • "Antiques." (Accessed May 16, 2020):
  • Joseph J. Akpan, "Ekpo Society Masks of the Ibibio." African Arts 27, no. 4 (Autumn 1994): 48-53, 94-95.

Related Bibliography List
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
  • "Antiques." (Accessed May 16, 2020):
  • Jean- Baptiste Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa (New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1998), 92-93.
  • Monica Blackmun Visona and Robin Poynor. A History of Art in Africa (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2001), 304-308.
  • Joseph J. Akpan, "Ekpo Society Masks of the Ibibio." African Arts 27, no. 4 (Autumn 1994): 48-53, 94-95.
  • David Pratten, "Masking Youth Transformation and Transgression in Annang Performance." African Arts 41, no. 4 (Winter 2008): 44-59.

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