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egungun mask
  • Oyo peoples
  • egungun mask, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Central Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 29 x 36 x 34 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/8 x 14 1/8 x 13 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2930
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Description
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The round base has small holes around the perimeter and a raised center for the figural elements. The centrally placed head has red skin and an elaborate hairstyle. The hair is braided sideways, and the long center braid dangles on the left side of the head. He has a black and white rounded object on his head. The figure has white eyes, with black pupils, three black vertical scars on each cheek, two white teeth and a goatee. He has a mask on the back of his head. The mask has a white face, with three red vertical scars on each cheek and forehead. It has very large red horns decorated with spiraling white lines.

The center figure is surrounded by the busts of five human figures and two possibly crocodile heads.
The back left figure is a woman with a white face, red body and black breasts and arms with her hands on her breasts.
The middle left figure is a human with a white face, red body and black arms. She has black hair with a red decoration.
The front left figure is a woman with a white face, red body, black arms and breasts.
The front right figure is a human figure with a white face, black hair and arms, and a red body.
The back right figure is a woman with a white face, black hair, red body, black arms and breasts with her hands on her breasts.