African Wood Masks (Pair), "Baoule Asafo"
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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.
- 4.40 kgs
- 9.7 lbs
- Each: 59 cm H x 19 cm W x 8 cm D
- Each: 23" H x 7.5" W x 3.2" D
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George Asante has received 2 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $200 and the most recent for $300. Proceeds were used to purchase wood and other raw materials for his work.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
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