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Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria
Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15" | Nigeria

Older Yoruba Gelede Mask with Custom Stand 15″- Nigeria

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A beautiful, multi-colored wooden helmet style mask with exquisite features and signs of age. Gelede masks are worn by male dancers at Yoruba festivals that honor the women of the community. The gelede performances entertain and educate, and document elements of everyday life. Through their movements, gelede dancers are able to express Yoruba ideals of male and female behavior.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Nigeria

Ethnicity

Yoruba

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

14" without Stand, 15" with Stand

Width (Inches)

12"

Depth (Inches)

14"

Weight

9lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking and imperfections throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Yoruba People

The Yoruba are the largest cultural group on the African continent, with nearly 40 million people. The word ‘Yoruba’ describes both the language and a tribe living across Nigeria and the Popular Republic of Benin, in an area of forest and savannah.

Geography
The Yoruba people’s primary living space is South-West Nigeria with substantial Yoruba communities in Benin, Togo and Sierra Leone but they are not bound by state or country borders. This area is often referred to as “Yorubaland”. Most of the terrain is either forest, woodland savannah, rich farmland or coastal swamps and lagoons.

History
The origin of the Yoruba people in Nigeria is heavily debated. Some believe they came from the east in Mecca, some say from the north in Egypt. Evidence shows that ethnically, Yoruba’s have been in the area known as Yorubaland since the 7th century BC. Scholars believe the area was probably inhabited earlier by peoples of the Nok culture. Yorubaland covers the modern-day countries of Nigeria, Togo and Benin. The term Yoruba to describe ethnicity, did not come about until the 16th century and wasn’t widely used until the 19th century. Before then, the Yoruba people were known by many names depending on who was acknowledging them. For instance, the Europeans referred to them as Akú, whereas in Cuba, they were referred to as O luku mi.

Read more about the Yoruba here.

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