African

Mask

Artist: Unkown

Culture/People: Yoruba

Place: West Africa

Media: Wood

Dims: 13.75 x 7.5 x 10.5 in. (34.93 x 19.05 x 26.67 cm)

Date: c. 1958-59

Description: “The Gelede, a men’s association honoring the special powers of women, holds it principal festival at the time of planting. The women referred to as “our mothers” in the Gelede festival are considered to have powers that can be either creative or destructive.” (Robbins and Nooter, “African Art in American Collections”, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989, p. 231-2)

RTC No: AF0005

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