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Gelede Mask

Arts of Africa

MEDIUM Wood, pigment
  • Place Made: Nigeria
  • DATES late 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 11 1/4 x 9 x 14 15/16 in. (28.6 x 22.9 x 37.9 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Yorùbá. Gelede Mask, late 19th century. Wood, pigment, 11 1/4 x 9 x 14 15/16 in. (28.6 x 22.9 x 37.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.757. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.22.757_threequarter_PS5.jpg)
    IMAGE threequarter, CUR.22.757_threequarter_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Polychrome wood male mask with special head tie for Gelede Society dances. Scarification patterns on cheeks and forehead. Condition good. Surface abrasions on face and neck; edges slightly chipped; some pigment loss. Piece loose from upper lip.
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