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Gelede mask

Gelede masquerades celebrate the special powers of female spirits known as, "the mothers". The mothers possess a powerful life force (ase), which can be used for benevolent of malevolent purposes. The destructive capacity of "the mothers" is called "aje" and is associated with infertility,...

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Provenance

By 1986, Mr. Omar, Cambridge, MA; 1986, sold by Mr. Omar to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; 2009, gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, 20th century

Object Place

Nigeria

Dimensions

Overall: 50 x 38 cm (19 11/16 x 14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2620

Medium or Technique

wood and paint

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks