Handmaded Wood 'Senufo Purification' African Mask (Ghana) - Red

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ITEM# 13550709
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    ITEM#: 13550709

    This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.This mask is used by the Senufo people of Cote d'Ivoire during purification rituals for their chieftains' thrones. Godfred France carves this beautiful mask replica by hand and adorns it with polished brass, pebbles, and colorful recycled glass beads.

    Product Features:

    • Weight: 1.8 lbs
    • Dimensions: 16.25" H x 6.25" W x 3.9" D
    • Materials: Sese wood, brass and recycled glass beads
    • Color: Dark brown, red, green, yellow, Black
    • Decorative
    • Made in Ghana.

    Story Behind the Art:

    My dream is to one day have a big workshop to train a lot of people especially school dropouts who think life has ended. Their success in the art of carving would be my legacy. I was born May 25, 1966 in Accra. My creativity seems to be inborn. During my childhood days, I'd create boats with worn-out metal utensils, which I'd float in water to play with my friends. I could also mold pots and animal creatures from clay, to the delight of family members. Due to financial constraints, my parents could not further my education and so after the 6th grade, I had to drop out of school and join my uncle, who was a wood carver.

    Since 1983, I myself have been into this art of carving. I was determined to make it even though I could not further my education. And God has been so good I had the opportunity to sell my works to foreigners who visited the country on holidays. The only challenge then was due to difficulty in communicating; I found it difficult to correspond with my customers to get feedback on the designs they purchased. Those who returned in subsequent years told us how they would best like the carvings and this helped us to improve our quality. However my sales were slow because, except for tourists, our local folks did not show much interest in our art.

    I have trained about 30 people to carve and some of them have now set up their own workshops. I currently have five people working with me. In addition, some university students have spent their vacations with me as interns. We take them through the practical aspects of this craft, and the students carve beautiful designs. Thanks to the woodcarving art, I've been able to educate my four children and I know that with constant sales, I'll be able to give them a brighter future than I had. This motivates me to wake up each day to carve!

    My dream is to one day have a big workshop to train a lot of people especially school dropouts who think life has ended because their parents couldn't further their education. Their success in the art of carving would be my legacy.

    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.


    Style Traditional
    Subject Culture
    Season or Holiday All Seasons
    Product Features Handmade
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions 3.9 In. X 6.25 In. X 16.25 In.
    Model Number 172536
    Country of Origin Ghana
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