Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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gelede mask
  • Yoruba peoples
  • gelede mask, circa 1905
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28.5 x 21 x 24 cm height does not include base
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 9 7/16 in height does not include base
  • Gift of Larry W. Welling
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2893
Label Text

The conical helmet mask has a small face at the front bottom. The face has two large pointed ears or horns and large round eyes. There are four cylindrical elements nailed to the helmet, two on either side of the face and two on the back. There are holes around the open bottom of the cone.

The old metal and wood mount is screwed to the inside.