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The Ekoi male society, like those of neighboring peoples such as the Ibibio, uses masks in masquerades held for public celebrations at planting and harvest, and for funerals. Masks with white faces and those with black faces signal Ekoi participation in the complex of dualities employed by their neighbors. White masks represent spirits of the dead, usually female, and usually thought of as good, gentle, helpful beings, while their opposites, the living male entities, are rough, dangerous or evil, and appear as black masks.
Height: 13 inches
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,800.
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