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Gelede mask - Wood - Yoruba - Nigeria - Asian African Art
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Gelede mask – Wood – Yoruba – Nigeria

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Object Gelede Mask
Ethnic group: Yoruba
Country: Nigeria
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 37x27x20 cm
Weight: 1300 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 18.27 Category: Search for: , ,
Description

Very complete Gelede 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 great use of colors, the mask has a fine aged patina. On top of the mask there is a standing leopard and a snake. Symbols of power and fertility.

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