Africa | Helmet mask "gelede" from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood, dark brown patina, small remains of white and indigo blue pigment | "gelede" is a cult in the southwestern Yorubaland which implores the fertility of the earth and the well-being of men. Annual celebrations are marked by elaborate dance performances, paired male and female masks worn by men who appear in rich textile costumes complete with wooden breasts

Africa | Helmet mask "gelede" from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood, dark brown patina, small remains of white and indigo blue pigment | "gelede" is a cult in the southwestern Yorubaland which implores the fertility of the earth and the well-being of men. Annual celebrations are marked by elaborate dance performances, paired male and female masks worn by men who appear in rich textile costumes complete with wooden breasts

Yoruba gelede mask  - Register 1942: Wooden mask carved in form of human head, painted white, black, brown and blue, with slits for seeing through, surmounted by two large snakes eating the hind legs of a leopard.

Yoruba gelede mask - Register 1942: Wooden mask carved in form of human head, painted white, black, brown and blue, with slits for seeing through, surmounted by two large snakes eating the hind legs of a leopard.

Africa | Body mask from the Yoruba people of Benin | Wood, polychrome paint | ca. 1980s

Africa | Body mask from the Yoruba people of Benin | Wood, polychrome paint | ca. 1980s

Afrikana: YORUBA gelede Maske, 57cm 650,- €

Afrikana: YORUBA gelede Maske, 57cm 650,- €

Africa | 'Gelede' or 'Efe' helmet mask from the Yoruba people of Nigeria / Benin | Wood, pigment | ca. prior to 1963

Africa | 'Gelede' or 'Efe' helmet mask from the Yoruba people of Nigeria / Benin | Wood, pigment | ca. prior to 1963

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