Headdress (Jagún Jagún)

A work made of wood, iron, nails, fiber, and sacrificial materials.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

Mid–/late 19th century

Artist:

Yoruba
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

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artist

Yoruba

Title

Headdress (Jagún Jagún)

Origin

Nigeria

Date

1834–1900

Medium

Wood, iron, nails, fiber, and sacrificial materials

Dimensions

H. 111.8 cm (44 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Faletti, the Faletti Family Collection

Reference Number

2000.314

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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