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Nigerian Wood Mask, "Equality in Marriage"

byAbdul Aziz Mohamadu: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (91)
"Masks such as this are used by the Gaya people of the Kano State in... more

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"Masks such as this are used by the Gaya people of the Kano State in Nigeria," says Ghanaian artisan Abdul Aziz Mohamadu. "They are used during marriage ceremonies when the bride and groom come from different tribes. During the ceremony, the man wears the mask and lies down on the floor to allow his bride to jump over him. This simple act tells the people present that he will not mistreat the woman when he takes her along with him." Embossed brass adorns the hand-carved African mask, named Tomari – a Hausa word meaning "Jump me, my love."

  • 0.44 kgs
  • 1.0 lbs
  • 41 cm H x 13 cm W x 6 cm D
  • 16.25" H x 5" W x 2.4" D

  • African rubberwood and brass
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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91

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04/05/2021

"Wonderful quality"

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The color combos really pop. Definite eye catching piece. Craftsmanship top notch.

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02/16/2021

"Bought as a gift!"

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This is now part of my sister s permanent exhibition of masks collection. She loved it!

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02/10/2021

"Very Colorful"

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This mask is impressive singular on a wall. Well made and catches the eye. Goes perfectly with my overall collection.

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  • Wall

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Verified Reviewer

01/23/2021

"This Awesome Mask"

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We have a wall of masks, This one gets noticed all the time and commented on.

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  • Decorations Themes

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Verified Reviewer

01/17/2021

"Beautiful"

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Beautiful mask. Just as pictured.

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01/02/2021

"Very Cool"

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The woven headdress really sets this mask apart from others. The head portion is small so make sure to look at the product dimensions.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Abdul has four children of his own and and cares for an additional four. All eight children live with him and he treats them all as his own.

Abdul has a dream of establishing an art academy for carving and sharing the African culture that is so closely tied to wood carving. So far, he has trained over 30 people but hopes that number can grow to be in the hundreds with an academy.

Since he started working with NOVICA, he has been able to grow his business. Through NOVICA and his determination, every day he gets a little closer to his goal of empowering and training others in carving.

Abdul Aziz Mohamadu has received 10 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $500 and the most recent for $5000. Proceeds were used to pay for improvements to his workshop.

Abdul financially supports the education of his own four children and the four other children that live with him.

 
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