Skip to Main Content »

You're currently on:

Search Site
Click on image above to zoom.

Yoruba Egungun Costume Flat Aso Oke Textile Nigeria Africa

Regular Price: $999.00

Special Price: $330.00

Product #: 104600
US Shipping: $20.98
Add Items to Cart

Title Yoruba Egungun Costume Flat Aso Oke Textile Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Flat Egungun Costume
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials cotton and other fabrics
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 98 Inches
Width: 62 Inches
Overall Condition Fair to good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair some torn fabric. missing zipper pull. minor stains, dirt and general wear

 We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.

Additional Information:

A stunning Egungun costume with vibrant colors and dazzling patterns!  The dancer puts his feet in the bottom and the large flat section hands loosely around the body.   The costume is made of many different repurposed fabrics and fancy swatches, and it shows signs of significant age.  

Among the Yoruba of Nigeria masqueraders known as Egungun dance to represent and celebrate the ancestors. The Yoruba see the world of the living and the dead as a continuum with the dead ever present in the life of an individual and their family and town. Egungun dancers completely covered in voluminous cloths or in costumes surmounted by a carved headdress appear during ceremonies honoring the ancestors, previous family members or will dance to represent present lineage members. Egungun masquerades were noted as early as 1826 and the tradition continues among the Yoruba today combining long established traditions and contemporary imagery. Egungun masquerades combine the use of a number of brightly colored cloths that at times appear to be simply piled on the dancer?s head and body or the cloth will be surmounted by carved headpieces of human and animal forms.


Recommended Reading:

Drewal, H.J., J. Pemberton, R. Abiodun, Yoruba; Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. 1989. Thompson, R. F. , Black Gods and Kings, 1971.