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    Description

    Yoruba (Nigeria)
    Epa Headdress: Mother and Child
    Wood, pigment
    Height: 60 inches Width: 14 ¾ inches Depth: 14inches

    Epa celebrates the "social roles upon which the life of a Yoruba town depends ... An Epa mask consists essentially of a carved headdress which is divided into two parts" (Henry John Drewall, John Pemberton III with Rowland Abiodun. Yoruba. Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. New York: Harry N. Abrams for the Center for African Art, 1989, p. 194). The abstract lower helmet, frequently Janus-headed, fits over the wearer's head and serves as a base for the more naturalistically developed superstructure. This upper part bears the main message, that of some personage who represents an important part of the town social structure. In this example it is the mother and child, representative of continuity and the central role of woman. This specific woman's high social position is indicate by her domed headdress, the fan she holds in her right hand, and the stole draped over her left. This sculptor has kept his forms massive and somewhat closed in, which furthers the authoritative effect. There is a central rear crack from the headdress peak to the shoulder, a proper right crack system from chin to waist, as well as another extending from waist to the end of the skirt. The proper left hand was broken away at the wrist and reglued. There is some abrasion and a chip on the proper left eyelid.

    Provenance: Gary Hendershott, Little Rock



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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