Antelope mask (Karikpo mask)
Wood and pigment
H: 63.5 cm, W: 21.0 cm, D: 11.0 cm (H: 25 in, W: 8.2 in, D: 4.3 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Peter Jay Kuhn. X90.441
The Karikpo Society was charged in the past with insuring agricultural fertility. Karikpo masks typically depict animals such as deer, antelope, goats, and monkeys. The masquerades perform acrobatic feats requiring considerable agility. This is especially true in the case of those wearing horned masks, such s this one, where the masquerader must jump especially high when performing the customary somersaults.
Source: Anderson, Martha G. and Peek, Philip M. ed. (2002): “Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta“‚ Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 280