This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.
Story Behind the Art:
- Hand-carved home decor called Shedaa or 'thanks'
- Squared eyes, a mystical gaze and elongated features confer grace on this mask from the Ga tribe
- Decorative accessory makes a great addition to any African art collection
- Statue measures 26.4 inches high x 7.9 inches wide x 5.1 inches deep
Juliana Akandas is happily married with three children. 'I became interested in Ghanaian carvings while working as a secretary. My job took me to their workshops and showrooms and I got to know almost every carver in the country. I had the opportunity to study various pieces, methods and finishes, as well as their meanings. My favorite piece is the Akuabaa
doll. In Ghana's Akan tribe, the doll represents fertility. It is believed that, when given this doll, a barren woman is likely to get pregnant. The doll is also a symbol of twins, and each one receives an Akuabaa so, if one dies, the doll is brought out during the twin festival in remembrance of the dead twin. I was so fascinated with all this, I decided to learn the trade, and did so through a carver in Aburi. Today, almost all my masks are created with a meaning and a history behind them.'
What is Worldstock?
The handcrafted nature of this product will produce minor differences in design and sizing. Subtle variations will occur from piece to piece, adding to its unique qualities. Measurements may vary slightly.
Please allow 10 business days for the product to leave our warehouse and to receive tracking information. You should expect to receive this item within 15 business days from the order date.