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Gelede mask – Wood – Yoruba – Nigeria – Schädler certificate


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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 nice aged patina.

The mask is beautiful carved with 2 ancestors and a snake on top. In African regions leopard symbolize all that is noble, courageous and honourable. The mask has clear traces of wear with a wonderful aged patina.

Provenance: Manfred Schäfer collection, ex- gallery owner from Ulm, Germany.With certificate of Authenticity signed by professor Karl-Ferdinand Schädler.

Including professional custom made stand.

Object: Gelede mask
Ethnic group/ culture: Yoruba
Region/ country: Nigeria
Material: Wood
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 47×23×21 cm
Weight: 1700 g


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