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Western Africa, Nigeria, Ogoni peoples, ca. mid 20th century CE. A large and strong antelope face mask (or "karikpo") - traditionally used early in the agricultural season as a primary figure in ceremonies that honor the local founding ancestor. The Ogoni people have sustained rich farming lands of the Niger River Delta. This mask boasts a pair of prominent curved horns - one of which is missing - as well as almond-shaped eyes, a bulbous nose, a petite, puckered mouth, a wide forehead, and remnants of the original dark-brown surface paint. There are also perforations along the perimeter for the attachment of an accompanying textile costume or additional ornamentation. This mask was made for a dancer who would have moved in an acrobatic fashion and, at times, racing motion. Size: 10.75" H (27.3 cm).
Provenance: ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired prior to 1970
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Age-commensurate surface wear, loss to one horn and portions of perimeter, small chips to nose, mouth, horns, and verso, with some fading to pigmentation, otherwise very good. Mounted for suspension on verso.