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African Wood Mask, "Wa Iron Warrior"

Tall and slender, this imposing mask is covered with ornate aluminum repoussé.... more

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Tall and slender, this imposing mask is covered with ornate aluminum repoussé. Embossed brass adds contrast to the superbly sculpted work of art. Godfred France transforms seasoned sese wood into a cultural manifestation from Wa in Ghana's Upper Western Region. "These masks are worn in battle by warriors, who invoke the aid of the spirits. The god of iron then possesses them, giving them exceptional strength," the artisan explains. "They are able to fight to victory without losing their strength. But on occasions when they have gone into battle without this mask, they have lost completely." France names this piece Kerse, a Hausa word meaning "Iron."

  • 0.71 kgs
  • 1.6 lbs
  • 50 cm H x 12 cm W x 6 cm D
  • 19.75" H x 4.7" W x 2.4" D

  • Sese wood, aluminum and brass
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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35

Walda

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03/30/2022

"powerful & artistic ... greets visitors to my home"

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love this elephant protector mask ... beautiful & meaningful. adorns my entrance hallway.

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Edward

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02/28/2022

"Emac"

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Love it has gotten many compliments. People know I am an avid reader so when I tell them what it represents they say great choice

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A Man of Knowledge, African Wood Mask

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Julia

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08/25/2021

"Unique and colorful !"

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This beautiful work has so many details and colors ! Very talented master carver and decorator - it was done with a lot of kindness and love !

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  • This was a gift for: Husband
  • Occasion: anniversary

Imani

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04/22/2021

"Much Needed Valued Treasure!"

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I am in love with my new gift. It arrived quicker than I expected it to, well packaged and looks just like the picture. Its giving good energy and good vibes.

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Kamau

From Northern California

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04/18/2021

"Traditional presence in my space..."

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I love my new masks!!! They are beautifully-crafted. Shipment was fast and the masks were well-protected. I recommend this artisan!

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Our Traditions, African wood mask

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Kamau

From Northern California

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04/18/2021

"Strong presence in my studio space!"

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I love the presence my new masks bring to my workspace!!! They are beautifully-crafted. Shipment was fast and the masks were well-protected. I recommend this artisan!

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  • Compliment your wall-décor with something more than a "print
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Show Your Strength, Hand Carved African Wood Mask

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Godfred supports himself and five others in his family. Since the majority of his family's income comes from NOVICA, each order helps improve their livelihoods.

Microcredit Financing

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Godfred France has received 10 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $450 and the most recent for $900. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of wood, metal plates and sandpaper for production.

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With his sales from NOVICA, Godfred is able to support the education of his three children as well as the daughters of his deceased sisters.

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This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

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