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Headdress (Jagún Jagún)

A work made of wood, iron, nails, fiber, and sacrificial materials.
Public Domain

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  • A work made of wood, iron, nails, fiber, and sacrificial materials.


Mid– late 19th century


Ekiti region, Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

This imposing sculptural headdress would have been worn in masquerades honoring Ogun, the Yoruba god of iron, warfare, and technology. It was also part of a shrine where offerings of yams were applied to its surface. Ogun is depicted as a warrior on horseback who carries a shield with four human heads, possibly slain enemies. The smaller figure playing a flute represents Eshu, the divine messenger and god of human destiny.


On View, Gallery 137


Arts of Africa




Headdress (Jagún Jagún)


Nigeria (Object made in)

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Wood, iron, nails, fiber, and sacrificial materials


H.: 111.8 cm (44 in.)

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The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

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