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Item Details
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Culture
Guinea Coast, Nigeria,Yoruba people, late 19th-early 20th century
Title
Helmet
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
late 1800s - early 1900s
Material
wood
Measurements
Overall: 62.9 cm (24 3/4 in.)
Description
This type of helmet used by the Oro association, is often mistaken for the more common Egungun. While Egungun masquerades are performed to honor an individual's ancestors, Oro masquerades are performed in conjunction with the actual funeral of a Yoruba person. The Oro association is very secretive, and the visibility of helmets like this one is generally restricted. Oro is also responsible for carrying out criminal sentences, such as collecting fines, repossessing goods, and executing those convicted of a capital crime. The female figure suspended from the back of the horns may reference the victims of Oro executions. This work has been attributed to the Esubiyi School of Abeokuta, founded about 1860.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: African Art
Department: African Art
Provenance: Everitt Rassiga, New York
Everitt Rassiga, New York (1962); Katherine White Reswick
Gift of Katherine C. White
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1969.5_full.tif
SSID
24612390

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