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egungun mask
  • Oyo peoples
  • egungun mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: South Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40.5 x 23 x 42.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 15/16 x 9 1/16 x 16 3/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2948

The helmet style mask depicts a human head with very large bat-like ears, with a four-legged creature standing between. The mask's face has very elongated, narrow eyes. Each cheek has three vertical diamond scars, as well as the forehead. There are five short locks on the forehead. The lips are opened to show teeth. It has a short, ridge-like beard.

The ears are decorated with a knot-like pattern and a zigzag along the edges. There is a rod between the ears that looks like a bundle of grass. The animal has long ears, a long body and a long tail.