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Gelede Yoruba mask (N° 21168)

This Yoruba Gelede African heaume mask combines a face capped with an elaborate polychrome structure at the center of which overlap felines and birds. The Gelede cult with which this type of mask is associated has become a contemporary heritage, based on ancestral traditions: the Unesco inscribed it in the ICH ( Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity) in 2008.

Concerning the Gelede ceremonies ,practiced mostly in the western Yoruba kingdoms, the masks are built on the same principle: a face (of the mask-healm type) and a scene that develops on top of the mask. These are used in masquerades accompanied by music dedicated to women in their maternal dimension, with the aim of solving individual or collective problems. Many prohibitions surround the carving and use of these masks, and various rituals accompany their release. The Gelede masks distinguish between the speaking masks that appear at night and those that are mute, manifesting themselves through a coded language, tinkling bells, gestures, etc. ....  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyYoruba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height53
Width28
Weight6.90 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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