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Ekpe or Ngbe Society Emblem

Artist/Maker: Ejagham people (Nigeria)

Date: ca. 1940
Medium: palm leaf midrib bark, palm fronds, animal skulls, raffia, wood, hide and encrustation
Overall: 43 x 39 x 9 in. (109.2 x 99.1 x 22.9 cm)
Classification: Art Works
Credit Line: Museum purchase through funds from the friends of Lamar Adams, the Mattie Lee McKey Endowment Fund and Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Berkowitz
Object number: 2000.010
DescriptionMembership in Ekpe confers the right to use objects from the society’s emblem to proclaim and enforce the member’s rights and resources in relation to others in the community. The vortex-like arrangement of sacrificial and other objects on the panel indicates the emblem is the source of powerful spiritual forces.
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