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61. Yoruba Gelede mask with hunt scene, Nigeria,
wood, metal and pigments, 28" diameter (71 cm)
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61. Yoruba Gelede mask with hunt scene, Nigeria,
            wood, metal and pigments, 28" diameter (71 cm)
  John Pemberton 3rd, in “Yoruba, Art of West Africa,” has written the following about Gelede masquerades: “The masked festivals called Efe/Gelede are celebrated among the subgroups of the southwestern Yoruba. The masquerades, songs and dances are in honor of “our mothers,” awon iya wa, whose power, ashe, is especially manifest in elderly women, female ancestors, and female orisha. The power of the mothers undergirds social existence....”
  Gelede masks are most commonly know in the form of a helmet mask surmounted by a superstructure representing some aspect of Yoruba life and culture. This example, in the form of a flat disc, is quite rare. What energy in this robust hunting scene! In both form and colors it exudes the great vitality of Yoruba art. It is important to note that the concept of mask in Africa includes music and movement as well- imagine this mask being danced among many others in a festival of great joy and vitality.

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