Hyena mask of the Gelede - Yoruba / Nago - Benin

Mask of worship Gelede in African art Yoruba

This colorful tribal mask is characteristic of the Gelede cult. It represents a hyena here but we find representative human faces, sometimes carrying a tray on which scenes are represented. It should be noted that this mask, the ears are articulated with the help of a rope. The Gelede masquerades are therefore intended to restore this social harmony by "amadouant" the feminine part of society. They are preceded by great night ceremonies, the Efe, during which the word is free and which are, today, festivals where are played comedies and satires.

This African mask is offered at a great price by our gallery. The value of this mask was estimated at 275 - 300 € by the experts of the reputed auction house Catawiki.

Origin : private collection, FranceDating : 1940's Size : 34 x 50 cm Material wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Tribal art collection France

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