YORUBA EGUNGUN COSTUMES 1

The costume below has been vetted as authentic and old, with good evidence of age and use.



Egungun 1
73" high
$2000

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YORUBA EGUNGUN COSTUMES 1


The word Egungun refers to masking associated with honored male lineage ancestors. Egungun masquerades are performed throughout Yorubaland but the costune styles are extremely diverse as a result of both regional preferences and the fertile imagination of artists and patrons. Many Egungun costumes consist entirely of costly and extravagantly embellished cloth while others include carved headdresses.

--from African Shapes of the Sacred: Yoruba Religious Art by Carol Ann Lorenz, Senior Curator
Longyear Museum of Anthropology, Colgate University.

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