X90.441 Antelope mask

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Antelope mask (Karikpo mask)
Nigeria
Ogoni peoples
Wood and pigment
1990
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

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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

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