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Human face mask with oval-shaped base. Hair section takes up two-thirds of the mask and extends upwards at an angle. Hair on mask has three rows of raised rectangular sections that are painted with alternating colours of yellow, and black with yellow dots. The face takes up one-third of the mask. The face has oval-shaped cut-out eyes that taper at the corners, a small nose, a slightly defined mouth, and protruding ears. Forehead, eyebrows, cheeks and chin are decorated with black and red painted designs.

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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