Ngoin helmet crest

mid–20th century

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Ngoin represents a royal female spirit and serves as a generic symbol of womanhood. It dances with Kam, a leader male mask. These masks are part of an ensemble of twenty or more masks representing different characters that are worn on the occasion of funeral celebrations for high-ranking elders and in the contexts of social control and law enforcement.

The mask fits snugly on top of the dancer’s head and is worn with a costume of blue-and-white resist-dyed royal cloth. The dancer’s face is concealed under a fitted hood.

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  • Title: Ngoin helmet crest
  • Date Created: mid–20th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 17 x 11 1/2 x 9 in. (43.18 x 29.21 x 22.86 cm)
  • Type: Costume
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5319996/
  • Medium: Wood and traces of pigment
  • culture: workshop of the Babanki region
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift in honor of Harry Hanszen Lynch, Jr. and John William Lynch