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Antelope mask of the "karikpo" society

Nigeria, Ogoni

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
German private collection, Würzburg, before 1996 H: 7.3 inch sold

wood, pigments,

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 masked dancers perform acrobatic feats requiring considerable agility.