Yorùbá. <em>Gelede Body Mask</em>, 19th century. Wood, paint, 49 1/2 x 22 x 15 1/2 in. (125.7 x 55.9 x 39.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Corice and Armand P. Arman, 1999.129. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1999.129_SL3.jpg)

Gelede Body Mask


Medium: Wood, paint

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 49 1/2 x 22 x 15 1/2 in. (125.7 x 55.9 x 39.4 cm)



Accession Number: 1999.129

Image: 1999.129_SL3.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The object is a Gelede body mask. From bottom to top, its body is a cylindrical form with a protruding abdomen into which two small curved eye holes have been cut. Above the abdomen are hanging breasts. Arms are bent with hands holding a purple and white shawl which is draped around the shoulders. Above the shoulders is a cylindrical neck supporting a helmet mask covered in white pigment with a broad nose and mouth, protruding eyes, and median crest coiffure. There are indigenous repairs along a split in the center of the abdomen at the left side of the back.

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