|Indigenous object name:||Gelede|
|Ethnic group/ culture:||Yoruba|
|Period:||mid 20th century|
|Condition:||Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
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.
Fair condition with clear traces of wear and tear. The right arm of the reptile on the mask contains is crack due to aging.
Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.
Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).