YORUBA HEADS ARCHIVES, Nigeria

The Yoruba heads below have been sold and are left here for educational purposes.

For UNSOLD Yoruba heads GO TO YORUBA HEADS PAGE

YORUBA
Head 4
23.5" high
SOLD

YORUBA
Head 6
16.5" high
SOLD

YORUBA
Head 13
12" high
SOLD

YORUBA
Head 15
27.5" high
SOLD



YORUBA
Head 9
12" high
SOLD

YORUBA
Head 16
6.5" high x 8" wide
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

YORUBA HEADS

The Yoruba heads on this page show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold. Most have the form of Egungun headdresses.

The word Egungun refers to masking associated with honored male lineage ancestors. While each mask has a personal name, it does not usually refer to a specific ancestor. Rather, Egungun masks embody the "collective force of the ancestors. All of the Egungun in a community appear annually during a joyful festival that celebrates the distinguished dead. During the festival, the ancestors bless the living, promote physical and spiritual health, settle disputes, enforce tradition and morality, and cleanse the community of witchcraft.

--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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