Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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gelede mask
  • Oyo peoples
  • gelede mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: South Oyo, Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 26.5 x 30.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 12 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2952

The helmet style mask depicts a short human face with cutouts for eyes, three horizontal scars on each cheek, and the lips are directly under the nose. The superstructure consists of a snake looped on either side of the head and across the front. There is a warthog standing between the loops, his snout resting on the snake. There is some red pigment on the warthog.