Yoruba Sango Gelede Helmet Mask, Nigeria Africa
Found in Yorubaland (southern Nigeria), this helmet mask represents Sango a royal ancestor of the Yoruba (the third king of the Oyo Kingdom). Facial “Pele” markings on the checks. This is probably a ceremonial mask. Carved from one piece of wood, the incrusted patina and distinctive features put this mask in a category by itself. It is considered museum quality even with the collapsed nostril. A metal authenticity stamp is affixed below the right ear. Circa mid-1900’s. In good condition. Stand not included. For the Serious Collector.