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Gelede Yoruba mask (N° 20135)
The Gelede in African art.
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In Nigeria, also in Benin, this African mask in the form of a janiform helmet is accompanied by its costume in cotton fabric and colored velvet. It is used for the celebratory dances of the Gelede society, and for the funerals of its followers. These masks are performed in pairs, each with a specific name.
Grainy polychrome patina. Abrasions.
The Gelede country in Nigeria pays homage to mothers through a cult of fertility, especially the older ones, whose powers are said to be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa , and ancestors, osi and which can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje . Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes and dances, are supposed to exhort mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for a pacifying and constructive purpose, for the good of society.
Mask purchased from dancer Osei Balogun in 1985.
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