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Dark brown coloured oval-shaped mask with two protruding panels on the top. The lower half is a human face mask with protruding eyebrows, cut-out eyeballs, small wide nose with cut-out nostrils, closed mouth and small chin protrusion. The top half is somewhat cone-shaped, decorated with cross-hatching. Protruding from either side of the head on thick posts are carved panels with overall cross-hatching detail and a central lizard-like design carved into the wood.

History Of Use

The gelede mask is worn more like a headdress, on top of the head, by male dancers. The masks are worn at festivals honoring women, both living and dead, in particular the powerful "Mothers" (awon iya wa), a group that includes female ancestors and deities, as well as elderly women of the community.

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