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African Burkina Faso wood mask, 'Bwa Butterfly Bird' - Fair Trade Burkina Faso Wood Mask Curate

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Fair Trade Burkina Faso Wood Mask, "Bwa Butterfly Bird"

Representing a nature spirit among the Bwa tribe of Burkina Faso, this elegant... more

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Representing a nature spirit among the Bwa tribe of Burkina Faso, this elegant mask takes the shape of a butterfly. However, art historian Christopher D. Roy reports that elders of the Kambi clan in Dossi refer to these long-nosed butterfly masks as hawks or vultures. "This mask is used by males of the Bwa tribe during the harvesting of grains," says master wood carver Salihu Ibrahim. The red color comes from stones, ground and mixed with glue. Clay gives it yellow shading, and the black accents are created with charcoal. A loop on the back of the mask allows it to be easily displayed on a wall.

  • 0.41 kgs
  • 0.9 lbs
  • 14 cm H x 51 cm W x 8 cm D
  • 5.5" H x 20" W x 3.2" D

  • Sese wood
  • Intended as wall decor
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africa
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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Salihu Ibrahim has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1250 and the most recent for $5000. Proceeds were used to expand his workshop by hiring additional carvers.

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.

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.

This artist supports children under the age of 18.

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Appreciate all the work of this artis

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"Elegant and Majestic Mask"

I am a collector of African Masks and this one is incredible! It is a sensitive and powerful portrayal of a winged bird and beautifully elegant. It is made by artist/artisan with a deft, experienced hand. I will cherish it. Sincerely, ArtProf

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"Beautiful Handcrafted"

We have been buying masks from Novice for our mother for years. Every year for Christmas she receives an animal-themed mask. The artistry and detail on this mask is superb.

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  • This was a gift for: Mother-in-law
  • Occasion: Christmas


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"Beautiful mask"

Very pleased with my purchase. Beautiful craftsmanship, rich colors, great addition to my collection.

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African Burkina Faso wood mask, Bwa Butterfly Bird


Salihu Ibrahim

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Salihu Ibrahim

Hand-carved wood masks and sculptures

West Africa
31 artist reviews

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31 Testimonials for Salihu Ibrahim


I gasped when I opened the box to find this River Goddess Mask. It is even more beautiful than in the picture! The craftsmanship is very fine, and the overall effect is stunning. Gorgeous work!!


This mask was exactly what I was expecting in quality and beauty. Great craftsmanship.

Jane Jarboe

This intriguing and beautiful mask is a proud addition to our home.