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Object Name: Papa Guede (Papa Gede)
Date: second half of twentieth century
Materials Used: Sequins, beads, fabric
Credit line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA, X87.19; Museum Purchase, Manus Funds
Accentuating his dual nature, “Papa Guede” exuberantly clicks his heels beside a funereal skull and crossbones. For Gede, death and sexuality are not opposites but complementary halves of one transcendent whole.
Source: Exhibition wall text, In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art