Despite its appearance this Gelede mask was probably made to be sold.
There is paint loss in many areas, especially the hair. The tip of the extension out of the hair on the right side is broken off (see first image above and see mask 26 for comparison).
Gelede, a male association, uses the aesthetic power of sculpture, costume, song and dance to placate and please women, who have special spiritual power. Often with elaborate superstructures, the headdresses appear as identical pairs in the dances.
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