About this artwork
The Yoruba masquerade called Egungun is performed in honor of lineage ancestors, who continue to influence the lives of their progeny. There are many types of Egungun and each is associated with a distinctive cloth costume and sometimes with a wooden mask or headdress. This headdress, with its penetrating gaze, represents a hunter. Its tufted coiffure mimics the flap of a hunter’s cap, where protective and power-enhancing medicines are sometimes hidden. The work may be by the 19th-century master sculptor Adigbologe, who was noted for his artistic skill and knowledge of medicine and ritual.
- Adigbologe (Ojerinde) , Yoruba (Culture)
- Headdress (Ago Egungun)
- Nigeria (Object made in), (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