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[Onidan Egungun masquerader depicting an Osanyin priest], Ikenne, Nigeria

Catalog Data

Houlberg, Marilyn  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Houlberg, Marilyn  Search this
1 Slide (col., 35mm.)
Yoruba (African people)  Search this
Archival materials
Color slides
Scope and Contents:
This photograph was taken by Dr. Marilyn Houlberg while conducting research among the Yoruba of southwestern Nigeria in 1970-1971, 1973, and 1975. At the time Dr. Houlberg was on a Kress Foundation Research grant and on a Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research grant.
Original title reads,"SL 15-22, Ikenne, 10/29/73, Mon., Egungun with head and red feather."
Publication title reads, "[Fig.] 13. Onidan Egungun depicting an Osanyin priest. He does ventriloquism with his puppet, an ebony tourist carving. Ikenne, 1973."
"Egungun ancestral masquerades in the Remo town of Ikenne perform the essential function of regulating the relations between the world of the living and the world of the dead. As representatives of the ancestors residing in the spirit world, Egungun masquerades at Ikenne make their appearance in two major contexts: the funeral and the annual Egungun festival. Since I have not witnessed the annual Egungun festival at Ikenne, the typology of Egungun masquerades that follows is based on observing the masquerades in the funerary context only." [Houlberg, Marilyn, 1978: "Egungun Masquerades of the Remo Yoruba." African Arts. 11(3)].
Local Numbers:
SL 15-22
Title source: Marilyn Houlberg and EEPA staff based on slide information
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Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Egúngún (Cult)  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Cultural landscapes  Search this
Decoration and ornament  Search this
Jewelry  Search this
Masks  Search this
Headdresses -- headgear -- Africa  Search this
Animals in art -- Feathers, furs and skins  Search this
Musical instruments  Search this
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Marilyn Houlberg Nigeria Collection, EEPA 2005-002, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
EEPA.2005-002, Item EEPA 2005-0002-00300
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art