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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.
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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OriginCollection P. Malisse
EthnyYoruba
Countrynigéria
Material(s)wood
Height38
Width32
Weight4.95 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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