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.
- Headdress (Jagún Jagún)
- Wood, iron, nails, fiber, and sacrificial materials
- H. 111.8 cm (44 in.)
- Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection