Masquerade costume for 'Ekpe'

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Masquerade costume, early 20th century
African, Nigeria, Cross River, Efik people
Netted string and raffia

Donated by Church of Scotland Mission, 1973
Museum number 1973-846

This costume was worn during masquerade by members of the Ekpe, or leopard, secret society. It signified one of three characters which became symbols of Ekpe and its authority. Today Epke continues to be a culturally significant group amongst the Efik.

Masquerade costume for 'Ekpe'
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