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The Gelede in African art.
In Nigeria, also in Benin, this African mask in the form of a janiform hem is accompanied by its costume in cotton cloth and colorful velvet. It is used for the rejoicing dances of the Gelede society, and on the occasion of the funeral of its followers. These masks occur in pairs, each with a specific name. A scene composed of musicians and acrobats rests on a round-bump, circular pattern, depicting a snake, and reptiles are carved on the walls of the hem. Desication cracks, strong erosion of the base of the part. Skate mate.
Gelede Country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa , and ancestors, osi and who can be used for profit but also for the ...