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Artwork Details

late 20th century
wood and metal
14 15/16 in x 5 15/16 in x 3 9/16 in (38 cm x 15 cm x 9 cm)
Gift of Margaret H. and Albert J. Coudron

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

One of the most well-known masks created by the Obgoni peoples is that called Karikpo, which usually represents wild or domestic animals, such as antelope, deer, goats, dogs, or sheep. Worn on the front of the face, the karikpo is performed for recreational or entertainment purposes in recent years, but in the past it was used in connection with the planting and harvesting seasons as a way to ensure fertility. Performers display acts of agility such as flips, cartwheels, and jumps, especially difficult when some masks have antlers up to three feet  tall. 

References Cited: 
Anderson, Martha G. and Philip M. Peek, eds. 2002. Ways of the Rivers: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta. Los Angleles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. 

Physical Description:

Wooden mask in a triangular shape with rounded edges. There are two almond-shaped holes for eyes and spiral horns protrude from the top of the mask. There are traces of red pigment below the eyes and white pigment outlines the center of the mask.

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