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Date: 1951 - 1990
Country: Nigeria
Continent: Africa
Technique: weaving
Material: cotton
Artist: Unknown Yoruba Artist
Dimensions: 73 in. (185 cm)
Credit: Gift of Deborah & Jeffrey Hammer
Accession Number: 1992.09.001


Comments: packed offsite in BOX X45 on 12-16-09
The Egungun is a society of Yoruba people (see H. Drewel's article for their origin).  Multi-layered, full-body masquerade costume. Multiple cloth lappets (+18) are attached around the body at shoulder level. Next full-body layer made up of multiple red and white prints, sewn together to form a 'dress,' open at bottom and attached at shoulder area. Last full-body layer predominently of indigo strip-woven cloth, is sack-like with attached leggings (including feet), extending to top of head. Knotted mesh gloves attached to last layer. Knotted mesh panel coveres front of head.

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Mary Ann Fitzgerald. African Arts. UCLA, James A Coleman African Studies Center. Los Angeles, CA , 1995. Page Number: 54-57.
  • Fabrics of Culture, The. Mouton Publishers. pp.189-197 , 1979. Page Number: 198-197.

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