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Yoruba Ekiti Epa Mask with Antelope Nigeria African Art

Regular Price: $590.00

Special Price: $377.00

Product #: 90332
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Title Yoruba Ekiti Epa Mask with Antelope Nigeria African Art
Type of Object Helmet Mask
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba/Ekiti
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 22.5 inches H. x 11.5 inches W. x 17.5 inches D.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair cracks at top, throughout mask, wear and chips, broken horn on antelope, chipped ear

Additional Information: A huge helmet mask with human form and surounted by a carved antelope. The helmet was painted in white several times. . This mask is in good condition and the encrusted patina is still in place. This is an Epa mask from the Yoruba-Ekiti. 

Epa masks are the largest masks danced among the Yoruba/Ekiti people of northen Nigeria.

In fact, they represent some of the largest masks used in Africa, being carved from a single piece of wood that can weigh up to sixty pounds or more. They are worn as a helmet mask covering the dancer’s head completely.Among the Yoruba/Ekiti, the Epa festival celebrates life and abundance and the unity of the village, and honor the families and lineages who own and sponsor the mask and bask in a kind of reflected glory.They celebrate the life of honored elders and reinforce the corporate structure of the community.

Epa masks appear during a heavily symbolic and choreographed performance during which three different large Epa masks appear in sequence.This mask represents JagunJagun or Ogun, both powerful men who display virtues much admired by the Ekiti.


This example of an Epa mask would add its visual authority to any collection.