The figure is mounted to the top of the mask with a coiled spring, so the figure moves about.
The Gelede association is located in southwest
Yoruba land. The Gelede cults main function is
the neutralization of the ill effects of witchcraft
upon the community.
The songs and dances honor
& placate our mothers ‘awon iya wa’ who are believed to possess powers of sorcery. The primordial
mother obtained power, ashe, from the creator god
olodumare. Since that time the special power has
been passed down through all women.
represents the female spirit and is worn by a male
performer for protection. It is also used to entertain
& enlighten the community. Gelede's ritual aim is to
channel this power in a favorable direction to society.
Height: 17" x Width: 10" x Depth" 11"