WOOD,PIGMENT, HEIGHT 50CM
The Gelede cult celebrates the power of elderly women, which is related to motherhood and earlier ancestry. Hemet masks are carved in the form of a human face, while on top of the masks all kinds of activities or symbols are displayed. This very original and colourful mask displays birds, a snake, a knife, amongst other things. This mask was found and personally brought to South Africa by my friend Salim in the 1990’s from a small village in Benin.