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Yoruba Gelede Mask

An enormous repertoire of masks are included in Yoruba gelede masking, with complex meanings and symbols shown as superstructures to a face usually wearing tribal scarifications. Gelede dance ceremonies are mostly concerned with powers of "our mothers", personifying women as primeval givers and takers of life – as mothers/potential witches. Yoruba culture is highly complex and includes a very sophisticated cosmology, divination system and ceremonies too difficult to describe briefly. As the Yoruba are very numerous, a substantial amount of their art has been collected.

height - 14"
stand not included

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