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, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 x 21.5 x 30.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 8 7/16 x 12 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2955

The helmet style mask depicts a human face with cutouts in the eyes. The elaborate hairstyle of braids is directed to the top of the head to horizontal ridges of short locks.