Lot: 17092nd Tribal Art Auction
Helmet mask "gelede"
Benin / Nigeria, Ketu, Yoruba
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Robert Duperrier, Paris, France (1984)
Jan Lundberg, Malmö, Sweden (1986)
|H: 15 inch||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, pigment remains, carved with european hat and two sheathed knives Masks like this are worn by men in elaborate masquerade performances known as "gelede." They have been described as real spectacles with an enormous variety of headdresses and costumes. They take place every year between march and may at the beginning of the new planting season.