NOVICA Decorative Large Sese Wood Mask Brown 'Baoule Asafo' - B01M0854Y0

NOVICA Decorative Large Sese Wood Mask Brown 'Baoule Asafo' - B01M0854Y0

Product Code: B01M0854Y0
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  • Size: 23" H x 7.5" W x 3.2" D

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA fair trade product in association with National Geographic.

  • Certified: comes with an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.

  • Exceptional Artisan Quality by George Asante - crafted with care to be treasured for years to come.

  • Product Info: Sese wood with brass and aluminum detailing

  • NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, works together with talented artisan designers around the world to produce stunning, keepsake treasures. Our mantra is to spread global happiness, so rest assured - we’ll do everything we possibly can to ensure you’re a happy customer. About this item: Elongated headdresses implying extraordinary power, these exquisite masks by George Asante represent asafo, or warriors. Hand-carved of sese wood, they emulate traditional masks by the Ivorienne Baoule culture, worn to protect communities from evil, to celebrate festivals and harvests; to honor and entertain important personalities, as well as to commemorate the dead. Baoule masks are also worn by a judge who intends to inspire terror into the hearts of criminals. The same cultural setting is known to allow the use of smaller face masks with female features to entertain and honor community members. Asante stains the wood with black, dark tan, and red polish, and he embellishes each mask with applications of aluminum and brass embossed with mythical creatures. These splendid masks are an authentic expression of West African culture, an elegant addition to any décor. About our Artist: In 1990 George Asante settled in the Akuapim hills to begin training as a carver. By the time he graduated, Asante had become the real artist he always knew he was. Four years of careful training had not been undertaken for common standards. Not only did Asante's background knowledge of woodwork help him, but an inbred acumen contrived to bring to the surface a talented carver. He believes in the strengths and aesthetic values of the woods that he and other colleagues transform into works of art. For good reason, he works out many different forms from these materials – sese wood, cedar wood and tweneboa wood in particular.

    NOVICA Decorative Large Sese Wood Mask Brown 'Baoule Asafo' - B01M0854Y0

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