The masks are one of the elements in African art and culture that most influenced Western culture. They vary greatly from one culture to another, though almost all have spiritual traits. Whether representing an animal, an ancestor or a feminine figure, the maker of the mask has a special consideration within the tribe, considered to be in direct contact with the spiritual world. In African culture there is a difference between the outter look and the essence, and it is precisely this essence that is captured by the mask maker. Not everyone can wear a mask, only the chosen ones because of the strength it requires. The Guélédé originates in Benin. It is used for the dances during festivals, but only initiates can carry this mask. Its use has trascended frontiers and is now also used in Nigeria. They are the guardians of the peace. This mask carries a cock.
|Dimensions||22 × 16 × 33 cm|