Double mask (enyi ima)

Eket
19th–20th century
Artist Unidentified


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

On View

Richard B. Carter Gallery (Gallery 171)

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks

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 the Galerie Alain de Monbrison, Paris, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 28, 1992)

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund