Yoruba Reptile Gelede Mask from Nigeria

Tribe: Yoruba                    Country: Nigeria                    Object: Gelede Mask                    Height: 12.5″

In Africa, the crocodile represents protection and is seen as something that spiritually wards off evil. This Gelede mask, carved with a crocodile and alligator, would have been danced at an important ceremonial gathering for all to enjoy. The dancer would have been clothed in an elaborate colorful costume to accompany the mask.

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