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gelede mask
  • Oyo peoples
  • gelede mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Central Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 29 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 11 3/8 x 13 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2951

The helmet style mask has a short face with a brown hat with elaborate decoration. The face is covered with dark blue pigment, the eyes have cut outs, the nose is wide and short, and the lips are just under the nose. The hat has a knife sheath on either side, decorated with a large "X", the knife handle is decorated with parallel lines. There is a bar over the top of the head that connects these sheaths, and two dark brown arches from front to back over the bar. The arches are decorated with sets of two grooves.