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gelede mask, Nigerian, 1800-1878

gelede mask, Nigerian, 1800-1878


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gelede mask, Nigerian, 1800-1878

Carved from one piece of wood. Cranial area carved to represent hair and is pigmented black. The eyes are pierced and pigmented white with red rims. From each ear a thick white line bordered with red runs to the corner of each eye

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Costume Nigeria West Africa Yoruba


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This print showcases a remarkable Gelede mask, originating from Nigeria and dating back to the years 1800-1878. Carved meticulously from a single piece of wood, this exquisite piece of art represents the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba people in West Africa. The intricate details on this mask are truly awe-inspiring. The cranial area is skillfully carved to resemble hair and has been pigmented black, adding depth and realism to its appearance. The eyes have been pierced and delicately painted white with striking red rims, giving them an intense and piercing gaze. One cannot help but be drawn to the thick white lines that extend from each ear towards the corner of each eye, bordered by vibrant red accents. These lines symbolize a significant aspect of Nigerian tradition - they represent the connection between sight and hearing during the mesmerizing Gelede masking ceremony. This powerful accessory holds great significance within Nigerian culture as it plays an integral role in traditional dances performed during special occasions. It serves as a visual representation of ancestral spirits while paying homage to female deities associated with fertility and protection. As we admire this extraordinary photograph captured by Nottingham City Photos, we are transported into a world where art seamlessly intertwines with centuries-old traditions – reminding us of the beauty found within diverse cultures across Africa.

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