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child's egungun mask, ??
  • Ondo peoples
  • child's egungun mask, ??, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: East Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, cloth, velvet, pigment, dyeing, carving
  • Object Height/Width: 20 x 16 cm does not include drape
    Object Height/Width: 7 7/8 x 6 1/4 in does not include drape
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3137

The wooden mask has a cloth drape over the back. The face is dark brown, with cutouts for eyes. There is a red vertical scar in the center of the forehead and down the nose, a diagonal red scar on each cheek and "chicken feet" scars at the corners of the mouth. The lips are red. The fabric drape is purple with a dirty natural or grey design including leaves. The fabric is banded with brown velvet.