Eyo

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Label Text
A graphic artist, painter, and sculptor, Erhabor Ogieva Emokpae was one of Nigeria's most important second-generation modern artists. This painting typifies his style from the 1960s and reflects his concern for and interest in design, modern international art, and traditional Nigerian art and customs.
Eyo depicts a masquerade that was held on Lagos Island associated with funerals of kings, chiefs and notable citizens.The masqueraders are concealed and transformed by white, baglike cloth costumes.
Description
Vertical acrylic on masonite of two overlapping masqueraders in white veils and brimmed hats holding crossed brown rods on a background of abstract blue forms and a face or mask.
Provenance
J. Newton Hill, New York, acquired Nigeria, 1962
Mr. and Mrs. J. Newton Hill, New York, 1962 to 1995
Exhibition History
African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2013-ongoing (deinstalled July 8, 2019)
African Mosaic: Celebrating a Decade of Collecting, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2010-November 19, 2013
Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Museum, London, February 1-April 29, 2001
Published References
Lancaster, Michael. 1992. "Art Gallery, Exhibition Centre, Marina, Lagos" in Nigeria, no. 74, p.93
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National Museum of African Art Collection
1962
Object number
95-16-1
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Louise C. Hill
Erhabor Ogieva Emokpae, 1934-1984
Topic
male
mask
Geography
Nigeria
Medium
Acrylic on masonite
Dimensions
H x W: 201.3 x 125 cm (79 1/4 x 49 3/16 in.)
National Museum of African Art
Type
Painting