Epa, helmet mask - ROM2004_946_13


Epa, helmet mask

Maker: Bamgboye of Odo Owa (1885-1978)
Geography: Nigeria
Date: 19th to mid-20th century
118 × 54 cm
Object number: 989.130.1
Credit Line: Gift of Clarence Titcombe in memory of the Reverend Thomas Titcombe
Not on view
DescriptionEpa festivals take place in the northeastern kingdoms of the Yoruba region in Nigeria. Intended to ensure the fertility and welfare of the community, the festival features spectacular dances performed by young men. The dancers make their appearance carrying elaborate masks on their heads which are carved from a single piece of wood. The central figure in this mask could be a priest or a diviner identified by the hat, the divination board and the ritual accoutrements that surround him. Based on its stylistic features, this mask is likely to be the work of master carver Bamgboye of Odo Owa.
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