Ebgere, The Weeping Spirits


Artist
Jacob Afolabi (Nigerian, b. 1940)
Date
Ca. 1965
Medium
Woodcut
Dimensions
Sheet : 12 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (32.38 x 41.91 cm)
Image : 20 x 12 in. (50.8 x 30.48 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2019.58

Label
In traditional Yoruba mythology, egbere are malevolent spirits that live in remote forest areas and make fearsome wailing noises at night. They are said to possess great wealth that can be obtained by anyone brave enough to steal an egbere’s sleeping mat and withstand its frightening night cries. Jacob Afolabi was the most successful graduate of the first Mbari Mbayo workshop in 1962. Afolabi had no formal artistic training, but with his vivid imagination and the skills he acquired through the workshop, he emerged as one of the early leaders of the Osogbo Movement.

Object Type
Print
Academic Themes
Osogbo School