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 Yoruba people, Nigeria wood w/ oil paint, nails (15" h. x 9" w. x 13" d.)

Yoruba Gelede Mask Yoruba people, Nigeria wood w/ oil paint, nails (15" h. x 9" w. x 13" d.)

Africa | Mask "gelede" from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood | "gelede" is a society exclusively for men. In the Southwest they used to send their masks to all the villages around in order to increase fertility and to repel harm. In some areas men begging for fertility of their women, are disguised like transvestites, wearing body masks of a pregnant woman together with the gelede helmet masks.

Africa | Mask "gelede" from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood | "gelede" is a society exclusively for men. In the Southwest they used to send their masks to all the villages around in order to increase fertility and to repel harm. In some areas men begging for fertility of their women, are disguised like transvestites, wearing body masks of a pregnant woman together with the gelede helmet masks.

Africa | Helmet mask "epa" from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood, pigments | Used at "epa" celebrations, which last for several days. Young men prove their skills and strength by carrying such high tapering and heavy masks on top of their heads, while dancing and jumping.

Africa | Helmet mask "epa" from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood, pigments | Used at "epa" celebrations, which last for several days. Young men prove their skills and strength by carrying such high tapering and heavy masks on top of their heads, while dancing and jumping.

Máscaras Geledés. Gelede é originalmente uma forma de sociedade secreta feminina de caráter religioso existente nas sociedades tradicionais iorubas. Expressa o poder feminino sobre a fertilidade da terra, a procriação e o bem estar da comunidade.

Máscaras Geledés. Gelede é originalmente uma forma de sociedade secreta feminina de caráter religioso existente nas sociedades tradicionais iorubas. Expressa o poder feminino sobre a fertilidade da terra, a procriação e o bem estar da comunidade.

Africa | 'Epa' helmet mask from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood and pigments

Africa | 'Epa' helmet mask from the Yoruba people of Nigeria | Wood and pigments

Africa | Helmet mask "agbogho mmwo" from the Igbo people of Nigeria | Wood and paint

Africa | Helmet mask "agbogho mmwo" from the Igbo people of Nigeria | Wood and paint

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