Ekuk Mask
Kwele, Gabon
wood, kaolin pigment

Inventory # 10290

Ekuk masks like this are hung in houses and rarely worn. Their function is to warm up the village in order to activate the beneficial forces of the Bwete cult, which regulates Kwele society. The white color of the kaolin is thought to be associated with the spirit world, and the hairstyle represents the complex coiffures of Kwele women.