Mask - Wood, pigment - GELEDE - Yoruba - Nigeria

Description
Mask - Wood, pigment - GELEDE - Yoruba - Nigeria
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Private collection, Germany

Beautiful used example with a native repair

Gelede masks, such as this one, are worn by male Yoruba dancers at festivals honoring the women of the community, living and dead, especially the powerful Great Mothers, including both the elderly women of the community and the ancestors of Yoruba society. The Gelede performances entertain and educate, and document elements of everyday life, such as the woman’s head tie in this example. Through their movements, Gelede dancers express Yoruba ideals of male and female behavior.

Express courier shipping, fully insured. 1-3 days delivery within Europe. 3-5 days to USA

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
GELEDE
Ethnic group/ culture
Yoruba
Region/ country
Nigeria
Material
pigment, Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
22×26×24 cm
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