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Unique Burkina Faso Wood Mask, "Bwa Bush Spirits"

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Salihu Ibrahim carves a beautiful mask filled with meaning known only to... more

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Salihu Ibrahim carves a beautiful mask filled with meaning known only to initiates in the Bwa tribe of Burkina Faso. The checkerboard represents the separation of good and evil, wise from stupid, and male from female. At the top, a large white crescent denotes the moon of the masks that shines during the seasons when the masks perform. Ibrahim names the piece Nwantantay, or "Bush Spirits." Nwantantay have no natural shape and must be portrayed in abstract geometric form. The spirits embodied in the masks bless the families that own the mask and dance with it in public.

  • 1.17 kgs
  • 2.6 lbs
  • 75 cm H x 19 cm W x 14 cm D
  • 29.5" H x 7.5" W x 5.5" D

  • Sese wood
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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103

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03/27/2021

"Beautiful!"

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This is a really beautiful and impressive mask. It contrasts, colors and work is really excellent. You cannot avoid saying a wow when you unwrap it from its box. Highly recommended.

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  • It is so beautiful that it may stand alone on a wall as its central piece

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03/23/2021

"Very unique"

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I do love this. I use it as a footstool. Only reason I didn t give it a 5 is because it s a bit narrow for my feet so I have to place them just so. A little to one side and it will tip over. But I still like it, and the look, and the craftsmanship.

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02/09/2021

"Mask masterpiece"

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Just a stunning mask. Expert beading, attention to detail, color combination and talented carving make this an exception piece.

Tags By Jonathan

river goddess African mask goddess

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  • Dramatic addition to living space

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01/29/2021

"Simply Gorgeous"

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This adds to the mask I bought and serves as a set. The eyes seem to follow and watch you. Just love the workmanship. Looks great on my wall.

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01/29/2021

"Adorns my wall"

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This mask is quite beautiful on my wall. It is so life like several of my children have committed how it makes them feel when sitting down. Just what I was looking for in a mask.

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01/22/2021

"A new favorite"

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My husband really likes this new acquisition to his collection. We think it would be better to call the piece the Owl mask because it looks more like an owl than a butterfly but it is a good representation of a womens mask.

Tags By Katie

Women's mask of an owl figure

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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.

This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.

This artist supports children under the age of 18.

 
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