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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 (Ori Eniyan) Mask, Nigeria