'Secret Initiation' Wooden Mask (Ghana)
ITEM#: 11976838This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.
- Hand-carved mask is inspired by the customs of the Songye people from the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Decorative accessory is made by artist, Salihu Ibrahim
- Sese wood mask replicates what is worn during initiation meetings and welcoming ceremonials
'My name is Salihu Ibrahim, and I was born in the eastern region of Ghana in 1964. With the death of my father, I was sent to live with one of my father's closest friends, Opanin Osei, a renowned traditional carver to the then Akwamu chief and the people of Akwamu. He would usually carve the items and then pass them on to me for the final polishing and beautification. I worked with him for about 15 years, during which time I learned the various styles and techniques of the Ashanti and Akwamu people. My work began to flourish and I began to achieve recognition. My clientele increased and some of my products have made their way to the USA. I have exhibited my work at local art fairs as well as in Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Now, I have apprentice carvers working with me learning the art of carving.'
The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.
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|Dimensions||7.1 in W x 14.6 in H x 5.1 in D|
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Beautiful picture on website - unfortunately, the product that I received was obviously mass-produced and of poor quality. The colors are true but the workmanship is not worth the price.Read More
I received this mask shortly after Christmas and I was not disappointed. The mask is absolutely beautiful and the quality of craftmanship is excellent. Anyone would appreciate the work that went into creating this beautiful mask. A wonderful piece for the price. The piece is definitely worth displaying in any decor. I am looking forward to purchasing more quality art in the near future. Please keep providing such wonderful pieces at a great price.Read More
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