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Traditional Bobo Culture Handcrafted Sese Wood African Mask, "Bobo"

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This spectacular African mask is crowned with a second, smaller face. Ernestina... more

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This spectacular African mask is crowned with a second, smaller face. Ernestina Oppong Asante carves the piece by hand from native sese wood. Although wood carving is traditionally the domain of men, this talented Ghanaian artisan has established herself as a carver on the strength of her own craftsmanship. Painted in cheerful colors, the mask is rubbed with clay to give it an aged appearance. It is inspired by the art of the Bobo people.

The masks of the Bobo people are used in rituals to help connect humans with nature and the gods. In ceremonies, mask wearers lose their individual identities and become part of the divinity believed to be held within the masks.

  • 0.45 kgs
  • 1.0 lbs
  • 60 cm H x 12.5 cm W x 6.5 cm D
  • 23.5" H x 4.9" W x 2.6" D

  • Sese wood, clay
  • Intended as wall decor
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Features an aged antique finish
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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From Hagerstown, Maryland

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04/28/2021

"Fine work of art- 5star"

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I bought this along with 3 other drums. Each is beautifully made and finished. Highly recommend.

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04/17/2021

"I love my drum"

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I have played this drum at many a Peaceweaver Gathering. This drum brings me joy.

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03/16/2021

"Spectacular!"

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Im not an expert on African art, so when I would see masks for hundreds of dollars in a shop I would not know what I was paying for. But this mask is just as beautiful and it supports living artists at a price I can afford. I am so happy I got this mask, and as soon as Im out of lockdown I look forward to showing it to my friends!!

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wood metal carving serene

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  • decorative

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03/06/2021

"I love this"

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I have this one on a wall cutout between kitchen and living room, and its beautiful. Happy with this purchase.

Purchased Item:

Noble Zebra, Fair Trade African Wood Wall Mask Carved by Hand in Ghana

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12/26/2020

"masque correct, mais ......."

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Masque correct, mais qui nest pas celui de la photo. La girafe est beaucoup plus fonc?e, mais le probl?me est surtout l?l?phant qui est dune couleur orange fluo, rien ? voir avec la photo, + la trompe et le front ne sont absolument pas sculpt?s, ils sont tout lisses.. Je vais devoir repeindre l?l?phant, car retourner le masque est trop contraignant, et aurait un co?t.

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  • d?coration

Purchased Item:

Animal Kingdom I, African Animal Wall Mask Hand Carved from Wood

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08/28/2020

"outstanding"

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The detail and colors come alive. This is a very very nice piece

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Ernestina supports and provides for her grandchildren's education.

Ernestina Oppong Asante has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1600 and the most recent for $800. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of wood and paints, as well as leather for the drums.

This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.

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.

 
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