Yoruban Wood African Mask, 'Gelede Mourning' (Ghana) - Brown/Red

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Yoruban Wood African Mask, 'Gelede Mourning' (Ghana) - Brown/Red

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With downcast eyes, his face expresses sorrowful resignation. Yet a quiet dignity permeates his smooth features. This imposing mask by Nana Adu Amankwapam I represents those worn by male members of Yoruban Gelede societies. Such masks are worn at the funerals of deceased members.

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In 1991, Adu Tetebo was selected by the Kingmakers as the next occupant of the Tufohene throne to succeed the late Nana Kwadwo Owusu. Tufohene is an Akan word for a person who counsels the chief. On December 15, 1991 after the necessary rites had been performed by the elders, Tetebo was seated as the Tufohene with the royal name of Nana Adu Amankwapam I.Born into the Asona royal family on January 5, 1949, Amankwapam received his General School Certificate in 1970. Between 1970 and 1973, he read for a degree in accounting and today is a fellow of the Institute of Administrative Accountants and a member of the Institute of Accounting Technicians.Amankwapam's forcefulness and leadership qualities have made him the inspiration of young and old. It has been his vision that the unemployed be trained and aided to improve their standard of living; he set up training workshops for youth in handicraft production. This includes carving, making and collecting beads, weaving Adinkra cloth and crafting cane furniture, mainly for the export market. He aspires to open two more such workshops so that Ghana's rich handicraft tradition can be shown to the world.

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  • Weight:1.2 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11.75" high x 4.3" wide x 4.3" deep
  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Red, Brown
  • Made in Ghana 
Country of Origin: Ghana


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11.75-inch high x 4.3-inch wide x 4.3-inch diameter
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