About this artwork
Egungun, a widespread Yoruba masquerade, is staged to honor the ancestors and the newly deceased, who continue to influence the lives of their kin. Organized at funerals, on family occasions, and during annual or biennial festivals, the different types of egungun are each associated with a distinctive cloth costume, some of which include a wooden mask or headdress. The tufted hairstyle of this example mimics the flap of a hunter’s cap that hides protective medicines.
- Headdress (Ago Egungun)
- Nigeria (Object made in), Abeokuta (Object made in), Africa (Object made in)
- Wood and pigment
- 29.8 × 24.1 × 20.3 cm (11 3/4 × 9 1/2 × 8 in.)
- Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson