Handmade Yaure I African Wood Mask (Ghana)

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Handmade Yaure I African Wood Mask (Ghana)

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Eva Asantewa Amakye faithfully replicates the artistry of the Yaure people from Ivory Coast for the impressive design of this mask. Crowned with two birds looking down, the wall mask is carved by hand of seasoned sese wood and painted red and brown. The mask is finished with clay to achieve an aged appearance.

The masks of the Yaure represent human faces often supplemented by animal attributes. According to Yohure customs, the masks are believed to represent yu spirits who restore wellbeing and social balance after a bereavement.

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Weight - 1.47 lbs
Dimension - 11.5" H x 7.5" W x 6.25" D
Color - Red
Material - Sese wood
Intended as wall decor
Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
Made in Ghana

Story Behind The Art -
I am Eva Asantewa Amakye and I'm a designer from Accra. My friends say I'm kind-hearted, and I am very serious about my work. I became interested in wood carving while working with artisans. Today, I direct carvers to create my own designs. I love seeing how antique pieces evoke feelings of nostalgia. The most challenging aspect of this art is building on ideas, and the creative process from design to finish. Because I only design, I look for skilled carvers to translate my concepts onto the wood. Having worked with wood crafts for a while, I've learned to personally check the quality of wood and carved creations. This art has provided work for a lot of young people in my community. I still keep learning to improve the quality of my creations by attending seminars and exhibitions. I'm inspired by the things around me and by everyday life. I dream of one day having a big workshop to be able to help more young people in my community.
Country of Origin: Ghana


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