Gelede African Mask - Yoruba / Nago - Benin

€275.00

Mask of Gelede in African art

In the Yoruba villages of Benin, the powerful Gelede society organized rituals and festivities. The Yoruba were convinced that women had supernatural powers that were both beneficial and destructive, potentially more powerful than those of deities and ancestors. These powers were then to be channeled to serve the community, turning witches into "mothers". This is the purpose of Gelede. Although the members are women, the masks were worn only by men. These brightly colored crimson masks were often worn in small, fun theater plays caricaturing the chefs. If the idea was to maintain the balance between men and women of the village, these objects also included the framework of dances related to the fertility of the fields and the fertility of women.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
18 x 18 cm
Expert's estimate
375 - 425 €
Ethnic group
Yoruba
Material(s)
Wood
Origin
Tribal Art Collection Italy

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