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Gelede mask – Wood – Yoruba – Nigeria


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Beautiful mask from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. Gelede Masks, are according to the Society of African Missions (SMA) To Protect Man from Witches. Gelede masks are worn by men, but may portray a wide range of male and female characters. The masks are formally danced in identical pairs and adorned with elaborate, colorful costumes composed of numerous layers of expensive imported cloth, as well as locally made cloth. The mask is worn tilted over the forehead, allowing the dancer to see out beneath the rim through an attached veil of cloth. Good condition with a wonderful aged patina. High quality mask with beautiful use of black and blue pigments.

Provenance: Manfred Schäfer collection, ex- gallery owner from Ulm, Germany.

Including professional custom made stand.

Object: Gelede mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Yoruba
Region/ country: Nigeria
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 50×28×19 cm (with stand)
Weight: 2700 g


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