African mask, crest with bulging eyes and deep incisions on the face, characteristic of the Yoruba style. A particularity in African art, the Gelede cult has entered the contemporary heritage, based on ancestral traditions: Unesco has registered it in the ICP (Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) in 2008.
Lustrous patina, abrasions.
The ceremonies of the Gelede ,Efe, are mostly practiced in the western Yoruba kingdoms. They are used in masquerades dedicated to women in their maternal dimension, and more specifically to the "Supreme Mother", whose identity varies from town to town. These celebrations are meant to remind women of their maternal responsibilities and encourage them to mobilize their talents in the service of society.
Source: "Yoruba" B.Lawal. Ed. 5 continents.
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