A Yoruba Gelede mask
Lot 2546
A Yoruba Gelede mask
Sold for US$ 3,600 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Yoruba Gelede mask
Nigeria, extremely well carved, the basket atop the head carved with detachable lid. However, overall fine patina indicative of traditional use.
height 17in


  • Exhibited:
    Governors State University, IL;, 2003; Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003; Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004; Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005.

    Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.20, fig.47

    Masks, known as Gelede, are utilized by the Efe/Gelede Association among the Western Yoruba. This society honors “the mothers,” in relation to female ancestors and deities. However, an interesting duality exists in that Gelede is also an anti-witchcraft society, and at the same time, is thought to have close affiliations to witchcraft itself.
    This particular mask, carved from one piece of wood, may represent a young woman, bringing her goods to marketplace.
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