Yoruba Gelede Helmet Mask, Nigeria, African Tribal Creations Gallery, Art, Yorba For Sale
AnAfrican Tribal Creations gallery saleThe Yoruba people are the largest art producing ethnic group in Africa, and are renowned for their copious forms of artwork. A largely agrarian society, the Yoruba are distributed throughout Nigeria, Togo, and Benin, and number in the range of 12 million people. Their artistic interpretations of people are generally rendered in a realistic style, minus the exaggerated facial features, in contrast with many other African tribes which produce highly stylized, even surrealistic or impressionistic representations of the human form. A highly popular art-producing group among collectors, the Yoruba are known for their numerous and elaborate art forms as much as for their history of human sacrifice. The Yoruba culture is subdivided into a number of cults, each identified by particular thing it holds sacred. This mask originates from the Gelede cult, which focuses its attention on the power of elderly women. During Gelede festivities helmet masks such as these are worn on or over the head with a raffia and/or cloth costume, and danced in reverence and celebration. On the 'cheeks' and 'forehead' of the face are large identifying scarification marks. It still has most of its original pigment, though there is somewhat considerable fading from age. The coiffure area, as is often the case, features an animal motif, in the case a bird, an animal considered important, or even sacred by many cultures. In this example, the bird is depicted touching its beak to a snake which wraps up and over the head, completing the mask superstructure. As part of an agricultural ceremony, this bird spirit was to be worshipped, lest it come during the time of planting to eat all of the seeds from the fields. The piece stands sturdily on its own, shouldn't require any additional support. Age and exposure marks are in evidence, including minor age cracking, chips, and scuffs, which should be considered normal, and the mask does not appear to have undergone any breaks or repairs. This is a beautiful standalone piece! This piece measures in at 14" x 10" x 9", with a weight of fourpounds.
MEDIUM: Wood, Pigment
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