Lot 1245
Nigeria, Yoruba Egungun Helmet Mask
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Carved wood with paint decoration, the face showing ritual scars, a small animal at the back of the head gripping the mask's large ears; an old museum or collection identification number -1976.97.19 - penned to the helmet's interior.

18.25 in.

A private North Carolina collection

The "Egungun" masks represent the dead and are worn in celebrations devoted to ancestors

The small drum typically placed between the ears at the crown has broken off and was painted over; the small animal's left ear has also been lost; aged surfaces with good color.