EKET HEAD 32

Photographs © Tim Hamill

 EKET
Head 32
11.5" high x 6.75" wide x 6.25" deep
$500

Eket Sculpture shows traditional masks, figures, shutters, doors and other objects from the Eket people, a subgroup of the Ibibio of Nigeria. Recognizable for their decorative patterns and repetition of shapes, Eket sculpture takes several forms.

Heads are round and mask-like, with carefully defined features and precise carving. Most are headdresses, on top of a caplike base.

This Eket  three-headed head shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold. It is elegantly carved out of extremely dense wood.

 

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