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Gelede Yoruba mask (N° 14757)
Crest carved in the shape of a head with a long cylinder around the face. Its extremities rest laterally
Its ends rest laterally. Partially cracked polychrome crusty patina.
Cracks of desiccation.
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The Gelede cult is a contemporary heritage, based on ancestral traditions: the Unesco made it part of the ICH ( Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) in 2008 .
Concerning the Gelede ceremonies, practiced mostly in the western Yoruba kingdoms, the masks are built on the same principle: a face (of the mask-heaven type) and a scene that develops on top of the mask. These are used in masquerades dedicated to the "Supreme Mother"Iya Nla, Olokun or Yemoja depending on the region .
Their appearance which entertains the public teaches it both the virtues of social life and reminds the women of Yoruba society of their role with respect to others.
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|Origin||Collection P. Malisse|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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