Headdress (Ago Egungun)

A work made of wood and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

Mid–/late 19th century

Artist:

Attributed to Ojerinde Adugbologie (died c. 1914)
Yoruba
Nigeria
Coastal West Africa

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.

On View

Arts of Africa, Gallery 137

Artists

Adigbologe (Ojerinde) , Yoruba (Culture)

Title

Headdress (Ago Egungun)

Places

Nigeria (Object made in), (Object made in), Africa (Object made in)

Date

1850-1899

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

29.8 × 24.1 × 20.3 cm (11 3/4 × 9 1/2 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1969.240

Extended information about this artwork

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