This voluminous African mask gelede is topped with a sculpted figure of a bird taking flight. The bird symbolizes the power of mothers.
Grainy polychrome patina. Desication cracks.
The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers, especially the oldest among them, whose powers are said to be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and the ancestors, osi< /i> 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 meant to urge mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for peacemaking and constructive purposes, for the good of society.
(Sources: Africa, ed. Prestel; "Yoruba" Rivallain and Iroko, ed. Hazan. )
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