Sese Wood 'Kindly River Goddess' Congolese Mask (Ghana)

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ITEM# 13079250
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    ITEM#: 13079250

    This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ghana's Salihu Ibrahim learned his art of carving masks from the chief's woodcarver. This decorative mask is handcrafted of sese wood with beadwork and depicts Kasai the river goddess.

    Product Features:
    • Kasai River Goddess looks kindly upon the Pende people, offering them safe passage across the waters
    • Adorned with African trade beads
    • When river, stream or lake is purified, appreciation is shown to the gods and goddesses
    • Carved of sese wood
    • Measures 12.6 inches high x 7.9 inches wide x 3.5 inches deep

    Story Behind the Art:
    'Upon the death of my father, I was sent to live with one of my father's closest friends, a renowned traditional carver to the then Akwamu chief and the people of Akwamu,' Salihu Ibrahim says. 'I worked with him for about 15 years, during which time I learned the styles and techniques of the Ashanti and Akwamu people. My work began to flourish and achieve recognition, and today, I myself have apprentice carvers working with me to learn the art of carving.'

    What is Worldstock?

    The handcrafted touch of artisan talent will produce product variations in color, size and design. Please note, this item may present color differences between the actual product and your computer screen. If buying two of the same items, slight differences will occur from piece to piece.


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    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 of the order date.


    Style Traditional
    Material Wood
    Condition New
    Country of Origin Ghana
    Gender Unisex
    Product Features Handmade
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions 12.6 inches H x 7.9 inches W x 89 mm D
    Country of Origin Ghana

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      I ABSOLUTELY LOOOOOOVE this piece. I need to look for more now. I got two and my husband and I are crazy about them. We want to fill a whole wall with their creations. Reading the story and looking at a picture of the artisan just filled our hearts. Please keep us posted every time you get them. ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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      Leticia G. Mar 5, 2017
    • Love the mask!
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      This purchase is the most I've ever paid for a wall mask, but I love it. Very intricate detail. I have purchased many masks on O, but this one is my favorite!

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      rcf1969 Mar 7, 2016
    • Nice piece
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      The piece is nice. The color is much more flat than appears in the picture. It is not "exciting" but it is certainly interesting. Jeff

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      Jeffrey G. Dec 15, 2015
    • A mask of outstanding colors
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      The features and the colors of this mask are exceptional. I have added it to a small collection of African masks that are a centerpiece of my decorating.

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      jtrescott Jan 16, 2013
    • Love the Detail
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      Once I cleaned the mask up, the colors came alive and the mask displays nicely. I will say though, this mask is way over priced, but I wasted money on far more and received a lot less.

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      redrooster66 Mar 14, 2012

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