About this artwork
Like all Gelede headdresses, the lower portion of this one features a stylized human face. The upper portion depicts two hunters wrestling with a pangolin (scaly anteater), symbolizing the struggle inherent in many of life’s endeavors. The action is shown at a moment of dramatic uncertainty. The pangolin leaps forward as the hunters grasp its hind feet. Their own feet are entangled behind them, leaving the men precariously balanced. The viewer is left to wonder whether the hunters will triumph or tumble as their prey escapes. The headdress is the work of the sculptor Fagbite Asamu or his son Falola Edun, who were known for their active compositions.
- Yoruba (Culture) , Fagbite Asamu ,
- Headdress (Igi Gelede)
- Nigeria (Object made in), Africa (Object made in)
- Wood and pigment
- 40 × 36.8 × 48.9 cm (15 3/4 × 14 1/2 × 19 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Neal Ball