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unknown Yoruba
Yoruba Primary



Gelede Mask with Superstructure

Early 20th century
Wood with paint

15 1/4 in. x 14 in. x 15 1/4 in. (38.74 cm x 35.56 cm x 38.74 cm)
Gift of Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld, Class of 1953

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.5.60
Other Number(s): 82-29 (Neufeld Collection Number)
Geography: Africa, Nigeria
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: Yoruba, Nigerian, West African, African
Collection: Neufeld Collection
Oro Efe, a great male leader of the Gelede Society in Nigeria, is a servant to the Mothers of the society and embodies physical and supernatural power, position, and spiritual authority. As part of the Oro Efe masquerade, performers sing songs that are described as humorous and sarcastic, but are filled with ashe, or power. The songs act as invocations to the gods, bringing forth the teachings of the ancestors and Our Mothers. The humor and sarcasm are also used to shame those who have gone outside of the established norms.

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