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.
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) (show scale)
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Gift of Sam Hilu
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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)
front, 1998.125_front_PS11.jpg., 2018
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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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