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Yoruba Gelede society headdress, 20th c.

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Yoruba Gelede society headdress, 20th c.

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A fine polychrome with many vivid native tribal colors and pigments is theÊ Gelede society headdress. Nigeria, Yoruba. 20th century. Measuring approx 28" tall x 13" dia.Ê Condition is good and consistent with age, see photos.Ê Fine example and detailed ceremonial head dress. Most Yoruba myths of origin can be found in the divination narratives knows at Odu Ifa. There are approximately 256 Odu Ifa, each of which contains a number of poems called ese Ifa. A typical ese Ifa is a narrative about a person or animal with a problem and the steps to resolve that problem. An ese Ifa explains the origins of Gelede as beginning with YemojaÊ "The Mother of all the orisa and all living things." Yemoja could not have children and consulted an Ifa oracle, who advised her to offer sacrifices and to dance with wooden images on her head and metal anklets on her feet. After performing this ritual, she became pregnant. Her first child was a boy, nicknamed "Efe" (the humorist); the Efe mask emphasizes song and jests because of the personality of its namesake. Yemoja's second child was a girl, nicknamed "Gelede" because she was obese like her mother. Also like her mother, Gelede loved dancing.
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Yoruba Gelede society headdress, 20th c.

Estimate $150 - $250
Mar 28, 2020
Starting Price $10
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0323: Yoruba Gelede society headdress, 20th c.

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Est. $150 - $250Starting Price $10
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Lot 0323 Details

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A fine polychrome with many vivid native tribal colors and pigments is theÊ Gelede society headdress. Nigeria, Yoruba. 20th century. Measuring approx 28" tall x 13" dia.Ê Condition is good and consistent with age, see photos.Ê Fine example and detailed ceremonial head dress. Most Yoruba myths of origin can be found in the divination narratives knows at Odu Ifa. There are approximately 256 Odu Ifa, each of which contains a number of poems called ese Ifa. A typical ese Ifa is a narrative about a person or animal with a problem and the steps to resolve that problem. An ese Ifa explains the origins of Gelede as beginning with YemojaÊ "The Mother of all the orisa and all living things." Yemoja could not have children and consulted an Ifa oracle, who advised her to offer sacrifices and to dance with wooden images on her head and metal anklets on her feet. After performing this ritual, she became pregnant. Her first child was a boy, nicknamed "Efe" (the humorist); the Efe mask emphasizes song and jests because of the personality of its namesake. Yemoja's second child was a girl, nicknamed "Gelede" because she was obese like her mother. Also like her mother, Gelede loved dancing.

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