African Wood and Leather Yoruba Mask from Ghana, "Yoruba Helmet Mask"
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Ghanaian artisan Rober Aidoo-Taylor creates this stunning addition to your home decor. This African mask is hand-carved of mansonia wood, depicting a face that wears a cap with leather accents. A handle wrapped in jute fiber extends from the bottom.
Known as gelede, or a "helmet mask," these originated with the Yoruban people of Nigeria. During festivals honoring women, men would wear the gelede mask while dancing. It depicts a French colonial soldier wearing a military cap.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
Robert Aidoo-Taylor has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $100 and the most recent for $750.
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.