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Fair Trade Burkina Faso Wood Mask, "Bwa Butterfly Bird"

Representing a nature spirit among the Bwa tribe of Burkina Faso, this elegant... more

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Representing a nature spirit among the Bwa tribe of Burkina Faso, this elegant mask takes the shape of a butterfly. However, art historian Christopher D. Roy reports that elders of the Kambi clan in Dossi refer to these long-nosed butterfly masks as hawks or vultures. "This mask is used by males of the Bwa tribe during the harvesting of grains," says master wood carver Salihu Ibrahim. The red color comes from stones, ground and mixed with glue. Clay gives it yellow shading, and the black accents are created with charcoal. A loop on the back of the mask allows it to be easily displayed on a wall.

  • 0.41 kgs
  • 0.9 lbs
  • 14 cm H x 51 cm W x 8 cm D
  • 5.5" H x 20" W x 3.2" D

  • Sese wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Intended as wall decor
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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Carol

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01/01/2017

"Elegant and Majestic Mask"

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I am a collector of African Masks and this one is incredible! It is a sensitive and powerful portrayal of a winged bird and beautifully elegant. It is made by artist/artisan with a deft, experienced hand. I will cherish it. Sincerely, ArtProf

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Marcia G.

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06/17/2016

"Love this piece"

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Appreciate all the work of this artis

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Melissa

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03/19/2018

"Beautiful mask"

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Very pleased with my purchase. Beautiful craftsmanship, rich colors, great addition to my collection.

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Jennifer

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10/05/2017

"Beautiful Handcrafted"

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We have been buying masks from Novice for our mother for years. Every year for Christmas she receives an animal-themed mask. The artistry and detail on this mask is superb.

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Mother-in-law
  • Occasion: Christmas

Landon

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04/14/2022

"Gorgeous"

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This fabulous mask looks beautiful in my library.

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Sandy

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03/11/2022

"The hair on the other hand is full and beautiful"

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It was beautiful but I was hoping the beard would be fuller like in the picture- it is very skimpy The hair on the other hand is full and beautiful

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Microcredit Financing

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Salihu Ibrahim has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1250 and the most recent for $5000. Proceeds were used to expand his workshop by hiring additional carvers.

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