Yorùbá, or possibly School of Areogun of Osi
Arts of Africa
Epa masks are used in masking festivals commemorating the deeds of heroic ancestral warriors, whose stylized faces are represented at the bottom of this mask. These masquerades, which feature ritualized dances, are celebratory reenactments of ancient battles, part real and part mythical. The flanked figure on horseback is a potent reminder of the history of cavalry warfare on the northern edges of the Yoruba realms.
late 19th or early 20th century
39 1/4 x 15 x 18 in. (99.7 x 38.1 x 45.7 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of David R. Markin
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Yorùbá. Epa Mask, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, 39 1/4 x 15 x 18 in. (99.7 x 38.1 x 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of David R. Markin, 70.107.13. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.107.13_front_bw.jpg)
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