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Masque Gelede (N° 19746)

Gelede in African art. Gelede mask showing a face topped with a double sagittal crest. In Nigeria, also in Benin, this African mask worn at the top of the head is used for the Gelede society's celebratory dances, and for the funerals of its followers. These masks occur in pairs, each with a specific name. Grainy patina, cracks and erosion from use. Gelede country in Nigeria pays homage to mothers, especially the older ones, whose powers are said to be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and ancestors, osi 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 exhort mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for peaceful and constructive purposes, for the good of society.  

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OriginCollection Belge V.C.
Height cm20
Depth30 cm
Width21 cm
Weight0.77 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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