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Double mask (enyi ima)

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The round masks of the Eket are worn at funerals and agricultural festivals for the Ekong Society. Studies by anthropologists suggest that their shape may symbolize the moon. Double masks such as this one are rare.

Provenance

By 1979, Hubert Goldet (b. 1945 – d. 2000), Paris. 1992, sold by Alain de Monbrison Galerie, Paris, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 28, 1992)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund

African, Eket peoples, Nigeria, 19th–20th century

Object Place

Nigeria

Dimensions

52.5 x 28 cm (20 11/16 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

1992.510

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, fiber

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks