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egungun mask
  • Oyo peoples
  • egungun mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Central Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 33.5 x 30 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/16 x 11 3/4 x 10 1/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2953

The helmet style mask depicts a human head with large bat-like ears, and a red four-legged animal between them. The human face has three vertical scars on each cheek and forehead. There is a row of short locks on the forehead, and the edges of the bat ears are notched. The four-legged animal atop the head has tall ears, standing upright, his front legs are splayed on the bat ears. He has a long body and long tail. The animal is shiny red with black dots. The inside of the bat ears are also red, though the rest of the human head is black.