Yoruba Gẹlẹdẹ Female Helmet Mask, Nigeria #1147

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  • Yoruba Gẹlẹdẹ Female Helmet Mask, Nigeria #1147 PROVENANCE
  • The Gẹlẹdẹ Spectacle of the Yoruba is a public display filled with colorful masks which combine Art and Ritual Dance to amuse, educate and inspire Worship.
    Gelede celebrates “Mothers” (awon iya wa), a group that includes Female Ancestors and Deities as well as the Elderly Women of the Community, and the Power and Spiritual Capacity these Women have in Society. Focusing not only on Fertility and Motherhood but also on Correct Social Behavior within the Yoruba Society.
  • Gelede in the context of Yoruba Belief and Traditions have a Social Agenda that rests on the Yoruba maxim Eso l'Aye (The World is Fragile). In other words, Life is delicate and should be lived with caution and with an emphasis on diplomacy, consideration, respect and harmony.
  • Unusually large size. Fine patina of wear and use.
  • Provenance: From the Collection of Ursula Voorhuis (1932-2021), St. Agatha, The Netherlands. She was the first Collector/Dealer who brought Yoruba Art to the attention of Western Dealers and Collectors.