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, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 x 24 x 32 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 7/16 x 9 7/16 x 12 5/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2954
Label Text

The helmet mask depicts a human head wearing a blue hat. The face has cutouts for eyes, rimmed with white, a sharply pointed nose, the lips are painted red and he has a small goatee. Hair is indicated with rows of raised dots. The hat has two ridges that stick up from the sides. It is blue, with raised lines painted white, with two red and triangles and one yellow triangle on each side. The outside of the vertical ridge is decorated with white dots.