The Eket ethnic group lives at the heart of the Ibibio people in southern Nigeria.
Eket statues are characterised by a wide rounded forehead with a well defined musculature. Certain statues serve as crests for headdresses that are worn during games at the annual Ogbon ceremony to honour the divinity of the earth.
Jointed marionettes are also used by the Eket during satirical games played by members of the society to celebrate Ekong, the God of War.
Some Eket masks are sculpted onto polychrome panels of wood of diverse forms, whilst others are in the round and look like a full moon.
Members of the Ekpo society are placed in a hierarchical grading system, recognizable by the rings worn on their heads. The number of rings increases as they move up the hierarchy.