EKET SCULPTURE


 This page is a record of an exhibit that took place
in 2000. The individual links below will take you to
the CURRENT VERSION of the pages
that formed part of that exhibit.

  

EKET
Figures

EKET
Ogbom
 

EKET
Masks

 

EKET
Shutters


 

EKET
Objects

 

EKET
Figures




EKET
Objects


 

EKET
Heads

 

EKET
Heads

 
EKET
Masks

 

EKET
Figures



The objects below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.

EKET
Currency SOLD

  

EKET
Shield SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

Eket Sculpture Exhibition

The gallery continues its tenth season with a show of 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. Face masks, usually from the Ekpo society, are more varied in size and style. Eket figures, like the heads, are usually worn as crests of headdresses. They are danced in the annual Ogbom ceremony. Many of the figures have strongly abstracted concave bodies. Others, including two complex figural groups, were more likely shrine or altar pieces. An exciting group of shutters and doors, beautifully carved with heads and geometric designs, completes the show and attests to Eket skill and love for embellishment of functional surfaces.

Most of these Eket pieces show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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