Global, Tribal & African Masks - historically, masks have defined us, defied us, and thoroughly beguiled us!
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How do you decorate your home with masks?
Masks have long been used as home décor, especially for the eclectic and worldly decorator. They’re a thoughtful way to tell a story, bring depth and texture to a wall, and complement the rest of your global style. They can also be used to... read more
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A Work of Art!
This mask looks so fabulous in my home. A real eye catcher, the colors and workman ship are exceptional . To own this piece at Novica pricing is a true blessing
I am an American, and have had an interest in Indonesian culture for much of my life. This mask of Bhoma the Protector is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful mask I have ever seen come out of Bali. I was absolutely stunned when I opened the package. This beautiful piece by Made Mulyani was carved with love, compassion and an amazing amount of skill. I am truly appreciative of all the work she put into this. Even the wood itself was wonderful just to hold and feel. Further, the packaging so that the mask would make it safely to the U.S. was done with such care I have to mention that here too. Thank you Novica. Thank you Made Mulyani. I am so happy to have this treasure in my home. This mask without question truly is the soul of Bali.
Abdul Aziz Mohamadu Hand-carved African masks
"In 2000, I went into carving and since then I have never regretted it. But I haven't abandoned painting completely either."
Colorful Handcrafted Bird African Mask, "Akan Anoma"$129.95
With the privilege of experience, Ghanaian artisan Awudu Saaed creates the original design of this spectacular mask. He incorporates the artistic style of the Akan people as he carves the sese wood mask by hand with an (bird) on the forehead. Saaed uses colorful glass beads to decorate the mask's face as well as embossed brass on the eyelids and around the face.
Saaed works with available brass plates to make a one of a kind version of his original design.
Handcrafted Mexican Ceramic Skull Mask, "Life and Death in Teotihuacan"$79.99
A skull opens to reveal a living face in this intriguing mask from Mexico. "Part represents life, part represents death. This exemplifies the ancient Mesoamerican concept of duality," artisans from the Angel Cerón Artisan Association explain. Day and night, hot and cold, dark and light — this thought was present in almost all philosophical and religious ideas, extending as far south as the Andes.
Batik Wood Mask in Red and Orange from Java, "Wise Princess"$19.99
In tones of black, red, and orange, the face of a wise princess is decorated with luscious floral motifs. Javanese artisan Omi Setiawan crafts this mask from albesia wood, decorated using the batik method, where a wax resist is painted onto the surface before colorful dyes are applied. Traditional motifs are visible on the mask's forehead, nose, and cheek.
Woodcarver Arturo Aj Canil of Guatemala To understand immigration, we need to understand the root causes that... read more
“When you dream, dream big…” that was the saying on my mind as I listened to Abdul Aziz Mohamadu talking about... read more