Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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gelede mask
  • Yoruba peoples
  • gelede mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26.5 x 23 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 3/8 x 9 1/16 x 13 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2932

The helmet mask depicts a human head that is dark brown with a mottled green. He is wearing an elaborate hairstyle of braids, directed upward to a knot on top of the head. The eyes are white, with round holes in the center.