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Africa Direct

Yoruba Gelede Mask Three Figures Nigeria African Art

AvailabilityIn stock
SKU
137857
$350.00
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Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Nigeria
People Yoruba
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 12
Width (in) 9
Depth (in) 9
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Cracks and chips, very worn patina, chipped bottom edge

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Yoruba peoples are found in the West African countries of Nigeria and Benin. They consist of many distinct ethnicities, but are united by similar languages, common religious practices, and shared history. This Yoruba mask was used as part of the Gelede masquerade celebrating female ancestors and elderly women. For the Yoruba, mask performances, along with music and dancing, are a way of recognizing female status. Without the kind of attention provided by such spectacle, the spirit world is thought to lash out and punish the living.