Yoruba Gelede Mask/Headdress

Benin

painted wood, carved with a tall crest depicting a rooster flanked by a bird and a donkey

Measurements:
height 55 cm
Provenance:
The Estate of Ray Hughes
Reference:
Gelede masks are worn by Yoruba dancers at festivals celebrating the elderly women, female ancestors and deities of the community. This ritual takes place each year at the beginning of a new agricultural season. The Gelede masquerade combines art and ritual dances to amuse, educate and inspire worship
  • EStimate $1,000 - $1,500
  • sold $1,200 Incl BP
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