Over two million Ibibio live in Nigeria, between the Delta and the Cross River. The ekon society, whose authority stems from sculpted figures in the sanctuaries, exercises social control over the community. It presents the public with the marionette show during festivities that take place every seven years; music and dance are linked with a theatrical play.
This statue like other Ibibio statues has open mouth, teeth showing. The removable arms are separated and fitted the body. Similar sitting or standing figures with outstretched arms are used as marionettes in plays. The figures are so individual as to suggest portraiture, despite their schematic style.
This figure just came back from the film set. It was used in shooting of the museum scene in major motion picture.