This is a beautiful Black and White Wood Yoruba Gelede Mask from Nigeria. Gelede masks 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. Through their movements, Gelede dancers express Yoruba ideals of male and female behavior. The Gelede Masks also protects the men from witches. 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. This is a fabulous old Yoruba Gelede performance mask and would be wonderful to add to your collection or your home.
COMES ON A STAND
16 1/2" tall on stand Mask
6 1/2" wide
Collected in the field. Shows age, has chips on the top,back and sides of the mask, but overall in good condition.
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