Yoruba Egungun Janus Headress, Nigeria #1145

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  • Yoruba Egungun Janus Headress, Nigeria #1145
  • Provenance: From the collection of Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), St. Agatha, The Netherlands. She was the first Collector/Dealer who brought Yoruba art to the attention of Western Dealers and Collectors.
  • Yoruba Masquerade Headdress for Ancestor Reverence, or the Ancestors Themselves as a collective force.
  • Egungun is a visible manifestation of the Spirits of Departed Ancestors who periodically revisit the human community for remembrance, celebration, and blessings.
  • Egún is the Yoruba word for “Ancestors.” Egún in a slightly different Yoruba tone also means “bones.” This Yoruba word and its double meaning connect Ancestors to the bones of the human body, emphasizing the interconnectedness between ancestors and living descendants.
  • Origin is Yoruba People, Nigeria