Lot: 6498th Auction
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Walter Glaser, Basel, Switzerland
Arnold Bamert, Solothurn, Switzerland
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 25 February 2006, Lot 173
Werner Zintl, Worms, Germany
|H: 12.6 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, pigments, places of repair
Gelede" masquerade are meant to honour the special spiritual powers of women (specifically elderly women "awon iya wa" and the great mother Yemoja, "iya nla"). The whole community should benefit from their life-giving forces, peace and harmony should be promoted.
"Gelede" festivals take place every year between march and may at the beginning of the new planting season. They have been described as real spectacles. The mask dancers wear headdresses of enormous variety of shapes and colourful costumes to celebrate the different roles of the villagers in society (market traders, blacksmiths, hunters, mothers, priestesses, etc...).