Handcrafted Sese Wood African Bobo Tribe Mask from Ghana, "Bobo Poisson"
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This African mask is a replica of a mask used by the Bobo tribe of Burkina Faso. Featuring a round, colorful face with a large, fin-like appendage, this mask is used during Bobo fish harvest celebrations, where tribespeople thank the gods for a bountiful catch and ask for more in the years to come. Ghanaian artisan Salihu Ibrahim handcrafts the mask of local sese wood. He names it Poisson, meaning "fish" in French.
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.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
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.