Sese Wood Wall Mask with Recycled Glass Beads from Ghana, "Beaded Poro"
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Within the Senufo tribe in West Africa, an organization known as the Poro society is responsible for transitioning young men into adulthood. Masks such as this one are often used as part of the young men's coming of age rituals. Ghanaian artisan Abdul Aziz Mohamadu designs this mask, which is hand-carved out of sese wood and embellished with engraved brass plates. Colorful recycled glass beads complete the design.
- 0.44 kgs
- 1.0 lbs
- 31.5 cm H x 14.5 cm W x 6.5 cm D
- 12.5" H x 5.75" W x 2.6" D
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.