African Ceremonial Twin Face Hand Carved Wood Wall Mask, "Mblo Dancer"
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Ghanaian artisan Eva Asantewa Amakye faithfully replicates the Mblo mask of the Baule people of Ivory Coast. Highly stylized, the hand-carved wood mask feautures two identical faces which the Baule regard as the abstract projection of ideas relating to complementary opposites. This stunning wall mask is carved by hand of sese wood and finished with an aged appearance.
Mblo performances feature masked dancers who impersonate familiar subjects that range from animals to human caricatures. The dances escalate in complexity and importance and eventually culminate in a performance that pays tribute to the community's most admired member. The person is represented by a mask featuring their artistic "double" or "namesake."
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
This artist positively impacts their community through job creation and provides jobs for 2 or more people.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.
Eva Asantewa Amakye has received a $500 microcredit loan with 0% interest.
This artist supports children under the age of 18.