African Malian(25 items)
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Adds beauty to my wall every time Iook at it.
This mask is very well done and is just beautiful. It also has a power about it that is very appealing. Thank you for your excellent craftsmanship.
I absolutely love this piece
I am very proud to display this beautiful work of art alongside my other cherished African art pieces. Thank you Sefah Mohammed. God has truly blessed your hands and your heart to be able to craft such statement making pieces.
Abdul Aziz Mohamadu Hand-carved African masks
"In 2000, I went into carving and since then I have never regretted it. But I haven't abandoned painting completely either."
Popular African Malian
Unique Colorful African Tribal Mask Handmade in Ghana, "Bobo Butterfly"$84.99
For the Bobo peoples of Burkina Faso and Mali, masks are an important part of their tradition and daily life. Sinclair Yao Daley creates this colorful wood butterfly mask, hand-carved from sese wood. The butterfly is an auspicious ceremonial mask for having a successful crop — critical to a farming culture in an arid land.
Hand Crafted African Malian Wood Mask, "Senufo Proposal"$89.99
A comb centers the headdress of this beautiful African mask, and the personage wears large earrings. Hand carved and painted, the sese wood image is crafted by Ghana's Salihu Ibrahim. It represents the Fulani people who have settled in Mali. Although thought to have West African origins, the Fula are also present throughout Central Africa and Sudanese North Africa. "We Africans tend to adopt certain cultural practices that we believe are good ones, and customs are also shared through inter-cultural marriage," Ibrahim explains. "Among Mali-dwelling Fulani, such masks are given to a woman as a marriage proposal. She responds by giving a Senufo monkey mask to her suitor as a sign of acceptance."
Traditional Bobo Culture Handcrafted Sese Wood African Mask, "Bobo"$99.99
This spectacular African mask is crowned with a second, smaller face. Ernestina Oppong Asante carves the piece by hand from native sese wood. Although wood carving is traditionally the domain of men, this talented Ghanaian artisan has established herself as a carver on the strength of her own craftsmanship. Painted in cheerful colors, the mask is rubbed with clay to give it an aged appearance. It is inspired by the art of the Bobo people.
The masks of the Bobo people are used in rituals to help connect humans with nature and the gods. In ceremonies, mask wearers lose their individual identities and become part of the divinity believed to be held within the masks.
Handmade Wood Mask from Africa, "Hausa Spiritual Protector"$69.99
A bird poses on the forehead of this imposing mask by Abdul Aziz Mohamadu. He names it a Hausa word meaning "spiritual protection." Strong African rubberwood contours are carved and painted by hand, while applications of white clay give the piece a vintage appearance. "The mask is used by the Hausa people of Mali," Mohamadu explains. "It is used when their crops bear fruit. It is believed that the mask drives away birds that come to destroy their crops."