Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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gelede mask
  • unknown Yoruba maker
  • gelede mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 x 26 x 33.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 13 3/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2957

The helmet style mask depicts an elongated head with a projecting face. The facial features are small and close together. The eyes appear closed and the lips are painted red. The top of the head is covered with an elaborate hat or hairstyle with loops in pink and blue directed to either side and another pink loop directed back. There are additional black ridges on the top front of the sideways loops.