Gelede Helmet Mask of a Gendarme
Arts of Africa
On View: Great Hall, South, 1st floor
Male Yoruba dancers wear gelede masks at festivals honoring the women of the community. Gelede masquerades often serve as a showcase for artistic innovation, with their masks depicting motifs that are both entertaining and critical. This mask depicts a French gendarme, a colonial soldier wearing a blue cap, and was most likely performed as a critique of French personal and political behavior during the colonial period.
Wood, metal, pigment
early 20th century
10 x 7 x 11 in. (25.4 x 17.8 x 27.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Eugene and Harriet Becker
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Yorùbá. Gelede Helmet Mask of a Gendarme, early 20th century. Wood, metal, pigment, 10 x 7 x 11 in. (25.4 x 17.8 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Eugene and Harriet Becker, 1991.226.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.226.3_SL3.jpg)
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