Friday, June 11, 2010
AN EGBA CHIEF WEARING THE CEREMONIAL DRESS OF THE OGBONI FRATERNITY
The Egbas are a branch of the Yoruba people and the centre of their clulture is situated at Abeokuta in Western Nigeria.The Ogboni Fraternity is a society which is Yoruba in origin and which commands a large following.
Many of the EGBA CHIEFS ARE MEMBERS OF THE Ogboni and the Egba chief illustrated here is wearing the ceremonial dress of the indigenous Ogboni society.
The dress consisits of a large-brimmed hat which is round in shape.THE BRIM OF THE HAT is decorated with a deep fringe of glass beads which partly obscures the wearer's face.A brass staff decorated with a figure and bells is carried in the hand.On the right shoulder the Ogbonis wear a hand - woven cloth called 'Stagbe' which is part of the regalia.The gown is of imported brocade and the chief is wearing aound is neck a collar of coral beads.