"Gelede imagery evokes all aspects of Yoruba society. The masks refer to a wide variety of female and male roles and activities either in objects associated with such roles or in genre scenes depicting them. They also depict animals that serve as metaphors for human actions or as illustrations of popular proverbs and songs that accompany the mask's appearance." [Drewal H. J., Pemberton J., Rowland Abiodun, 1989: Yoruba. Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, Harry N. Abrams Inc.]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon traveled to Africa from March 17, 1970 to July 17, 1970.
Title source: Index card based on photographer's notes.
Typed index card reads, "E 2 Yrb. Yoruba. Nigeria, Meko. Gelede masked dance. May 1970. EE. neg.no. II-19a, 33. See back: village identification. 8/1978. Babatunde Lawal." The card was written in 1977-79 by Archives staff using source provided by photographer.
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