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A Fine Old Yoruba Egungun Headdress

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A very interesting carved wooden headdress with a finely crafted image on top, stylized facial treatment and well handled wood suggest good age and ceremonial use. Egungun masquerade ceremonies (Odun Egungun) are when masks such as this are worn. The performers enter trances and are possessed by ancestral spirits, which motivates their dancing. The aim of the ceremonies is to maintain the moral standards of previous generations: the dancers spiritually cleanse the community by lampooning morally questionable behavior known to have been perpetrated by members of the audience. The masks are worn atop the heads of the performers, and with elaborate costumes which conceal the dancers’ identities, ensuring their safety from potential retribution. This mask measures 11 x 7.5 inches. Provenance: A private Oregon collection.
Condition
fir, well worn
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A Fine Old Yoruba Egungun Headdress

Estimate $500 - $1,500
May 15
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0075: A Fine Old Yoruba Egungun Headdress

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Est. $500 - $1,500Starting Price $50
African Art & Ethnographic Curiosities # 61
Sat, May 15, 2021 12:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0075 Details

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A very interesting carved wooden headdress with a finely crafted image on top, stylized facial treatment and well handled wood suggest good age and ceremonial use. Egungun masquerade ceremonies (Odun Egungun) are when masks such as this are worn. The performers enter trances and are possessed by ancestral spirits, which motivates their dancing. The aim of the ceremonies is to maintain the moral standards of previous generations: the dancers spiritually cleanse the community by lampooning morally questionable behavior known to have been perpetrated by members of the audience. The masks are worn atop the heads of the performers, and with elaborate costumes which conceal the dancers’ identities, ensuring their safety from potential retribution. This mask measures 11 x 7.5 inches. Provenance: A private Oregon collection.
Condition
...
fir, well worn

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