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Otobo (Hippo) masquerade

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Otobo (Hippo) masquerade
  • Description

    Sculpture; made of steel; human figure wearing trousers, with elongated head, crouching with sword in right hand, sheaf of palm stems in left hand; carved wooden skulls around head, with steel palm fronds painted green protruding from head; trousers painted white.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1995
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 180 centimetres
    • Width: 120 centimetres
    • Depth: 180 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    See Camp, Sokari Douglas. Play and Display: Steel Masquerades from Top to Toe; Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp. London: British Museum, 1995 and website text: This figure shows a hippo masquerade of the Kalabari people, southern Nigeria, in full performance. Hippos are dangerous animals that are held responsible for the deaths of travellers by upsetting their canoes. The masquerade is similarly wild and unpredictable when it performs in the town and may attack and injure spectators.


  • Location

    On display: G25/od

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Cost for entire collection.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



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