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Gelede Headdress

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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 1982, Galerie Majestic, Paris; 1982, sold by Galerie Majestic to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to the 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: 58 x 29 x 31 cm (22 13/16 x 11 7/16 x 12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2009.2619

Medium or Technique

wood, rope, paint

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Decorative arts