Gelede Mask Representing Osanyin, The Orisha of Herbal Medicines, Surrounded by Four Disciples

Unidentified possibly Egbado or Ketu maker


early 20th century

Wood, cotton and paint

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Museum Purchase



Place Made: Benin, Western Africa, Africa


20th century

Object Name

Ceremonial Artifact: Mask

Research Area


On view


This mask would have been worn in a masquerade called Gelede which celebrates Yoruba women, especially elders, ancestors, and mothers. The four figures atop the mask are disciples of Osanyin, the orisha (deity) of herbal medicine.

From the 2023 exhibition Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, curated by Alexandra Thomas, Curatorial Research Associate

Course History

ANTH 3, Intro to Cultural Anthropology, Sienna Craig, Winter 2019

Exhibition History

Faces of Culture: Masks from the Permanent Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 1, 1991-November 1, 1993.

Homecoming: Domesticity and Kinship in Global African Art, Harteveldt Family Gallery, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, and Northeast Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 22, 2023–May 25, 2024.


Purchased by Professor James W. Fernandez in Benin (Dahomey) for Dartmouth College Museum, 1967.

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