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Egúngún Masquerade Dance Costume (paka egúngún)

Arts of Africa

Swirling into motion, egúngún masquerade costumes appear during annual festivities to bless the community. Manifesting ancestral spirits, they serve as a bridge between the living and the otherworld. Paka egúngún, which escort more senior masks and perform whirling dances, are covered with fabric panels that create a dwelling place for ancestral spirits. Arranged and selected according to Yorùbá design sense (ojú-ọnà), this mask incorporates hundreds of African, Asian, and European fabrics. These include imported damasks, velvets, faux furs, and embroideries, as well as local indigo-dyed cottons.


Nigbati o ba yipada si iṣipopada, awọn aṣọ aṣọ ti a fi ara han ni akoko awọn ọdun ọdun lati bukun agbegbe. N ṣe afihan awọn ẹda ti awọn baba, wọn sin bi afara laarin awọn alãye ati awọn miiran. Ti o ba ti fi awọn oṣere ti o tobi sii, ti o ṣe awọn iwo ti o nyara, ti wa ni bo pẹlu awọn paneli ti o ṣe agbekalẹ ibi ibugbe fun awọn ẹda ti awọn baba. Ti a ṣe apẹrẹ ati ti a yan gẹgẹ bi imọ-ori Yorùbá (ojú-ọnà), yi boju o kun ọgọọgọrun ti awọn ẹgbẹ Afirika, Asia, ati Europe. Awọn wọnyi pẹlu awọn omiran ti a ko wọle, awọn velvets, awọn faux furs, ati awọn iṣẹ iṣowo, ati awọn ibọwọ ti ko niiṣe ti agbegbe.

CULTURE Yorùbá
MEDIUM Cotton, wool, wood, silk, synthetic textiles (including viscose rayon and acetate), indigo, and aluminum
DATES ca. 1920-1948
DIMENSIONS est.: 55 x 6 x 63 in. (139.7 x 15.2 x 160 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1998.125
CREDIT LINE Gift of Sam Hilu
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Yorùbá. Egúngún Masquerade Dance Costume (paka egúngún), ca. 1920-1948. Cotton, wool, wood, silk, synthetic textiles (including viscose rayon and acetate), indigo, and aluminum, est.: 55 x 6 x 63 in. (139.7 x 15.2 x 160 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Sam Hilu, 1998.125. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 1998.125_front_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE front, 1998.125_front_PS11.jpg., 2018
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dance costume composed of a wooden beam, which rests on top of the head, draped in several layers of varied cotton and wool textile panels. Comparatively newer, resist-dyed and factory made cloths are on the outer layer of textile panels, while indigo-dyed panels are underneath. Textile panels are decorated with embossed and perforated aluminum geometric objects, sewed onto the surface. Condition : good. Conservation backing has been sewn onto the back of the innermost layer of panels. Two longer panels are separate from the main assemblage.
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Yorùbá. <em>Egúngún Masquerade Dance Costume (paka egúngún)</em>, ca. 1920-1948. Cotton, wool, wood, silk, synthetic textiles (including viscose rayon and acetate), indigo, and aluminum, est.: 55 x 6 x 63 in. (139.7 x 15.2 x 160 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Sam Hilu, 1998.125. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 1998.125_front_PS11.jpg)