Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
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Tuesday Tea / Our Mothers

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday Tea / Our Mothers

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Helmet Mask (Gelede) in the Allen’s collection is part of a larger ensemble with which men in southern Nigeria embody and reenact the divine life-creating force of “our mothers,” women who having passed their reproductive years are the source of both humans and gods in Yorùbá cosmology. Visiting assistant professor Fernanda Villarroel Lamoza will discuss how Gelede festivals provide a conceptual framework to engage with our mothers as an abstract principle. In doing so, she will outline an in-depth analysis of the intricate arrangement of snakes, birds, and knives layered in tiers in this mask, as a form of coiffure framing the serene facial features distinctive of Gelede.

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These events are held in a wheelchair- and rolling walker-accessible building. The lecture space is wheelchair accessible, with moveable seating, and near wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Restrooms are gender-specific; visitors are invited to use the restroom of their preference. No listening devices or ASL interpretation will be available at this event. Most talks will be recorded and available with closed captions on the museum’s Vimeo page after the event. Please email access questions to Jill Greenwood,

Yorùbá peoples, Nigeria, Helmet Mask (Gelede), 20th century. Wood, paint, and kaolin. Gift in honor of Alexandra Gould (OC 2011), 2011.26.47.

[alt text] This wooden carving depicts a stylized face with enlarged eyes, carved with slits. Adorned on the head, objects including a knife, birds, and snakes form together into a helmet.


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