The Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin are renowned artists. Each spring, men don intricately carved headdresses for a celebration called the Gelede masquerade honoring the community’s women. This ornate version appears with other ritual objects in Yoruba Sculpture: Selections from the Mary Johnston Collection at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Ore., from January 19 to March 16. (503) 370-6855 www.willamette.edu/museum_of_art .
Photography courtesy Hallie Ford Museum of Art/Frank Miller
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