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Mask with hinged jaw

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The Eket are a subgroup of the Ibibio that live in the Lower Niger River area. This mask with a hinged jaw, possible an Elu mask, can be found amongst a number of social groups that occupy the area near the delta. Danced by junior members of all-male secret societies, these masks are used during...

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Provenance

By 1989, Demon, Paris France; 1989, sold by Demon to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Nigeria, Eket peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Nigeria

Dimensions

Overall: 28.5 x 19 x 22 cm (11 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2616

Medium or Technique

wood, fiber, black patina, metal

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks