YORUBA EGUNGUN COSTUME 24
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
This costume has been vetted as authentic and old, with
good evidence of age and use.
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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