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gelede mask
  • Yoruba peoples
  • gelede mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, indigo?, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32.5 x 31.5 x 36 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/4 x 12 3/8 x 14 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2921

The dark brown wooden helmet-style mask has a flattened woman's head, topped by a circular element. The woman's face is compressed, top to bottom, and projects forward. It appears to be colored dark blue, as is the back of her head. The hairstyle is twisted into thick strands and is gathered at either side. The circular element on top is connected by a short column. It has a plate-like bottom with a round bowl atop that, topped with two crossed rectangles (that narrow in the middle), the edges droop over the sides of the bowl.