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EGUNGUN HEADDRESS MASK

  ANTIQUE WOODEN EGUNGUN HEADDRESS YORUBA MASK (NIGERIA) 

The word egungun means masquerade, and these masks are used in Odun Egungun festivals,which are performed for ancestors throughout  the Yoruba region. The Egungun masquerade originated within the Yoruba kingdom of Oyo, perhaps as early as the 17th century,and spread to other corners of the Yoruba region over time. It measures 35cm H, 36cm W,and 27cm D.