Wood 'River Goddess' Mask (Ghana)

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ITEM# 11976839
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    ITEM#: 11976839

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

    Product features:
    • Hand-carved home decor represents the Kasai River Goddess of the Pende people
    • Extraordinary, hand-carved mask from seasoned sese wood
    • Decorative accessory embellished with assorted colorful trade beads
    • Statue measures 10.2 inches high x 6.7 inches wide x 3.5 inches deep
    Story Behind the Art:

    Salihu Ibrahim was born in the eastern region of Ghana in 1964: 'With the death of my father, I was sent to live with one of my father's closest friends, Opanin Osei, a renowned traditional carver to the Akwamu chief and his people. He would usually carve the items and then pass them on to me for the final polishing and beautification. I worked with him for about 15 years, during which time, I learned the various styles and techniques of the Ashanti and Akwamu tribes. Before my decision to come to the city, I had carved about 50 pieces made to help me raise capital to open a workshop. With the help of Osei, these products sold in no time. I never realized how valuable his help was until I decided to get out on my own to sell my products. Being a newcomer in the business, I made mistakes, but my business now flourishes and I am achieving wider recognition.'

    What is Worldstock?

    The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.

    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.


    Style Traditional
    Material Wood
    Color Multi
    Country of Origin Ghana
    Gender Unisex
    Product Features Handmade
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions 6.7 in W x 10.2 in H x 3.5 in D
    Model Number 73536
    Country of Origin Ghana

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    • long wait
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      While I love to collect tribal art, the wait was WAY too long. About a month to arrive and had a cloudy film on the mask and after wiping off with a damp rag was absolutely beautiful. I would not select again unless they were upfront about the extended time it took to arrive to my home.

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      abeguhl Jun 16, 2012
    • I Expected More
      Verified Purchase

      First of all, be prepared for a long wait to receive this product. Once received, I was disappointed with the tassles which I had to trim to make them more uniform. I Also had to do quite a bit of hand polishing to get the mask to show its true character and color contrast. The darker areas seems to be covered with some sort of white waxing coating that made the mask look dirty. The detail, however, is awesome. Once it was "fined tuned", it displayed nicely. The price was certainly not jusitfied. I have bought a lot nicer mask for less money.

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      redrooster66 Mar 14, 2012
    • WOW!
      Verified Purchase

      If you are interested in African or related artifacts...and cannot afford the 'real' thing this is as close as you can get. This is a replica but extremely authentic and beautiful. I call this mask 'she'...and she is hanging in a significant spot where her delicate features can be seen and appreciated. Well worth the money. I cherish this piece!

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      iluvmichael Feb 9, 2012

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