Yoruba, Nigeria

Mark and Mary Jo Wentzel
Collection of African Art

Yoruba, Nigeria
Gelede Mask, n.d.
Pigment on wood
14" x 10 ½" x 12 ½"
UWM Art Collection, 2010.094
Gift of Mark and Mary Jo Wentzel


Gelede masks, such as this one, are worn by male dancers at festivals honoring the women of the community, both living and dead, especially the powerful Great Mothers, the ancestors of Yoruba society. The gelede performances entertain and educate, and also document elements of everyday life.

More information about Gelede Masks from the Brooklyn Museum.

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