Mask

Description
Likely acquired by FP Pinkett 1895 - 1911.
Fiona Savage:
Gelede mask. Yoruba, Nigeria. Store. Materials: Wood, pigments.
This carved wood Gelede mask represents a male whose face is painted predominantly white with the exception of the eyes and beard which are painted black. The horizontal bands that form the head piece are painted alternately black and white and may depict a head-covering of some kind. There are no signs that this mask has been worn so it is probable that it was collected shortly after it had been carved. It dates to the early 20th century and may have been carved by the same male carver as 88/1928.53. This mask forms an identical pairing with 88/1928.55
See the explanation above re: Gelede and its cultural function.
Accession Loan No.
88/1928/55
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Common Name
mask
Simple Name
mask
Full Name
crest mask: gelede
Dimensions
whole H 168 mm; whole W 188 mm; whole length 345 mm
Cultural Group
Yoruba
Production Year High
1911
Production Parish
Egba
Production County
SW Nigeria
Production Country
Nigeria
Production Area Region
West Africa
Production Continent
Africa
Family Group

Material
wood; pigment
Function Name
cult object
Function Detail
danced in pairs by members of Gelede society
Collection Area Region
W
Collection Continent
Africa

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