Yoruba Egungun Costume 13.Egungun, or "powers concealed," refers both to the nature of the masked dance and to the spiritual power of the ancestors it honors. Over time an egungun mask is built up with layer upon layer of local and imported cloth. Its many panels celebrate the wealth and status of all family members, living or dead. During a performance individual cloth strips fan out in every direction but the dancer's body is never revealed. (per Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)
Some cross between an Egungun masquerade and a Christmas tree? Phyllis Galembo
Africa | Egungun costume from the Egun society, from the Yoruba people Benin/Nigeria | ca. 1980
Nigeria, adult [male?] wearing Ibo masquerade costume including patterned cloths, reeds, rattles [?] around ankles, round mask [painted wood?] with feathers on top. Male possibly dancing. Crowd of male adults and children, some wearing cloths, some wearing American clothing, looking on in background. Outdoor setting. Medium: Gelatin silver print. Format: Photograph slotted into dark brown paper mount. Appears to have been used as Christmas card.
Africa | Complete Egungun costume from the Egun society, from the Yoruba people Nigeria | ca. 1970