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    Ogoni (Nigeria)
    Karikpo Mask
    Wood, brass tacks, pigment
    Height: 23 ½ inches Width: 5 inches Depth: 3 ½ inches

    The Ogoni live in an area in which cultural influences have traveled both upriver from the lower Niger and down and across from the Cross River. In their own secret society masking traditions they show the emphasis, coming from both Igbo and Ibibio, on symbolic themes of duality. Masks of types considered beautiful perform in conjunction with those considered "ugly", thus covering a socially relevant range of behavioral patterns and models. Karikpo are specifically antelope face masks which appear in ceremonies at the start of the farming season which honor the local founding ancestor. As one of the beautiful masks, the dancer's movements are rapid and agile. He is paired with "ugly" masks with erratic and undisciplined movements. This unusually large and elegant example was enhanced with status-conveying brass tacks, which still show through the age patination smoked by storage in the rafters of a building. There is a small loss at the bottom rear.

    Provenance:
    Milt Gross, 1960s
    Craig De Lora, New Jersey



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    June, 2007
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