Senufo Presence African Wood Mask

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Senufo Presence African Wood Mask

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Frank Odei Amoani replicates the art of the Senufo people as he crafts this wall mask by hand. The brown sese wood mask features two faces in profile for a headdress, and cotton twine under the face. Exposed teeth and half-closed eyes result in a fearsome expression, while clay applications provide a weathered appearance.The Senufo people of Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso live off farming and occasional hunting. Senufo masks combine animal and human in a single design; they are crafted by specialist artists who live apart from the rest of the village. Senufo artists have a high status in their society as their masks and sculptures are believed to have the power to help communication between the living and their dead ancestors.


Product Features -
Weight - 5.46 lbs
Dimension - 20.5" H x 9.75" W x 4.9" D
Color - Brown
Material - Sese wood and cotton twine
Intended as wall decor
Features a rustic, rugged finish
Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
Made in Ghana






Story Behind The Art -
I was born in Asamankese in Eastern Ghana and I'm a wood carver. I am friendly, a philanthropist and I work hard. I became interested in carving at a young age. There was an elderly man living in our neighborhood who carved fascinating objects from wood. I used to wonder how wood could be carved into such interesting shapes. While growing up, I worked at a printing press, but, in my heart, I knew I had to follow my passion for carving. After six years at the printing press company, I approached Mr. Akuffo, a renowned carver, to train me. He was happy to teach me different carving skills. I took about a year to learn. While learning, I took on part-time jobs to help start a workshop on my own. Combining these two wasn't easy but it finally paid off. I am now teaching ten people. I teach anyone willing to learn in my community. I look for a passion for carving in new trainees and they tend to learn fast. Hard work and patience have been the keys to mastering this craft. These are values I share with the young people who come to learn from me. I use materials like sese wood, acrylic paint and aluminum. My hope is to own a big workshop in the future to train and employ more people.

Country of Origin: Ghana

Specifications

Item #
30886436
Material
Wood
Season or Holiday
All Seasons
Color
Brown
Product Features
Handmade
Worldstock
Worldstock
Model Number
260968

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