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Home Decor - Masks - African Congo Zaire
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These Home Decor - Masks - African Congo Zaire are available from Novica who in association with National Geographic bring a whole range of handcrafted items from small scale crafts workshops, often run by a single craft worker in the developing world.

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Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Lulua Feast and Rite' (Ghana)

A mask of powerful artistry, it is worn by the Lulua people from Congo during special ceremonies, including feasts. Evans Doe Martey carves a magnificent sese wood replica adorned with brass plates embossed with traditional patterns. more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Male Virgin' (Ghana)

Strong features and precise detailing make of this mask an extraordinary trophy. This sese wood replica of a male virgin mask resembles those gifted to a boy and his family after passing his initiation ceremony. In olden times, boys and elders around more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Man of Success' (Ghana)

Beautifully carved by hand, this mask is representative of the Bakongo people of Zaire. It features brass repousse on the forehead and subtle applications of red. By Walter Kuma, such masks are used during the annual festival to wish for success in t more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Past Memories' (Ghana)

Abubakari Alhassan hand-carves a handsome mask with the stylizations of the Republic of Congo. Symbolizing the importance of the past, the sese wood mask features clay and aluminum accents. more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Pride of Womanhood' (Ghana)

Juliana Akandas designs a mask depicting a girl with bead and red cotton earrings. Embossed brass adorns her face and she smiles with excitement. From the Lwalwa tribe of southeastern Congo, such masks are presented to girls during their puberty rite more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'River Goddess' (Ghana)

A divine inhabitant of Zairian waters, this mask represents the Kasai River Goddess of the Pende people. Salihu Ibrahim hand-carves this extraordinary replica from seasoned sese wood and embellishes the face with an assortment of colorful trade beads more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'River Goddess' (Ghana)

Bright beadwork adorns the serene features of a river goddess. Salihu Ibrahim creates an image from the Pende people of Zaire. Tassels of red thread complement the trade seed beads, and the piece receives an antique finish. Invoked during purificatio more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Sande Woman' (Ghana)

Parallel waves flow around this tall, slender African mask. By Robert Nortey, it depicts a woman of the Congo's Sande tribe. Intricate aluminum repousse adorns the piece, heightening its beauty. "This is a good representation of a Sande woman, expres more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Social Wisdom' (Ghana)

Serene and wise, the societal mask of the Kif Webe people in Congo is consulted to ward-off disaster. It is believed to have supernatural healing powers. "The stripes represent the world from which the spirit comes," explains Abubakari Alhassan. He c more...

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Thank You Nature' (Ghana)

The Beyembe people of Congo show their appreciation for nature's gifts with this colorful mask. They wear it at their annual festival to thank Mother Nature for the air they breathe and the water they drink, as well as for food, trees, sun, moon and more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Alert Boa Warrior' (Ghana)

The unique masks of the Boa people (Congo) inspire Walter Kumar to replicate their captivating artistry. The Boa are known principally for their masks, traditionally used in war-related ceremonies, to enhance the warrior's courage or to celebrate vic more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Alert Boa Warrior' (Ghana)

Evans Doe Martey presents an image from the Boa people who live in the savannas in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are known for their masks. Featuring large ears that signify alertness, this handsome antique-style pie more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Ancient River Goddess' (Ghana)

Bright beadwork adorns the serene features of a river goddess. Salihu Ibrahim creates an image from the Pende people of the Congo. Tassels of red thread complement the trade seed beads, and the piece receives an antique finish. Invoked during purific more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Bateke Beauty' (Ghana)

Surrounded by braids of color, a flat visage reveals intricate geometric shapes. The abstract motifs cover the entire sese wood surface. Smiling serenely, this mask by Victor Yao Delanyo represents the Teke, or Bateke tribe who live along the Congo R more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Blessings' (Ghana)

"When the fetish priest of the Bakongo people needs to consult with their ancestors and ask for their blessing, he wears this mask," explains Nana Adu Amankwapam I. He carves this fabulous sese wood replica of the Congolese mask by hand, adding color more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Brave Hunter' (Ghana)

Salihu Ibrahim reveals the artistic mysteries of the Songye people with this impressive, hand-carved mask. This tribe from Congo is known to have several secret societies and a distinctive form of artistry characterizes each one. Ibrahim presents the more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Chockwe Initiation Celebration' (Ghana)

Glaring with fierce expression, this mask is worn by young Chockwe men during their initiation rites into adulthood. Evans Doe Martey carves by hand a faithful sese wood replica featuring long earlobes, scarifications around the face, and pointed tee more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Congo Tribal Chief' (Ghana)

Victor Yao Delanyo celebrates Congo traditions with this elegant mask, reserved for tribal chiefs, or baluba. Oval in shape, the mask features big round eyes and a half-open mouth; the expression is one of wisdom and solemnity. Delanyo carves the mas more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Congo Virgin' (Ghana)

A delicately detailed piece, this mask replicates those awarded to young girls if they passed their initiation rites. In olden times, girls and elder women around Cameroon, Congo DR and other parts of West Africa congregated for Hehle (numbered) nigh more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Congo Warrior' (Ghana)

Lending this visage a mythical quality, the hand-carved features are dramatically elongated. Narrow eyes slant upward toward a wrinkled brow. Representing a warrior in contemplation, this mask by Victor Yao Delanyo is sculpted of sese wood. The name more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Disguise' (Ghana)

By Abdul Aziz Mohamadu, this imposing mask is carved and painted by hand. The face is brown and black, while richly embossed aluminum adds beautiful textures. "This mask is used by several pygmy peoples of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire. Hunters more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Elanda' (Ghana)

A mysterious image inspires this mask by Evans Doe Martey, each detail contributing to the harmonious whole. Elanda refers to a secret male association of the Bembe people of Zaire. This exquisite visage shows the characteristic concave, cupped orbit more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Emblem' (Ghana)

Used during the initiation rites of the Bwami people of Congo, this Lega ("Emblem") mask is to be worn by the tribe's second in command. Victor Yao Delanyo hand-carves this faithful replica from noble sese wood using manual tools; he adorns the face more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Instrument of Power' (Ghana)

Bright color distinguishes this beautiful mask from the Bakuba kingdom in Central Congo. Stripes cover the symmetrical features in a smooth work of minimalist elegance. Victor Yao Delanyo works in sese wood, carving, painting and polishing the piece more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Kasai River God' (Ghana)

A solemn mask with a powerful visage, this work work by Salihu Ibrahim represents the Kasai River God, of the Pende people. The sese wood mask is carved by hand and embellished with colorful trade beads. The Pende people live on the banks of the Kasa more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Kind Neighbor' (Ghana)

The Songye people of Congo honor the kindest person in their community with this stunning mask. Salihu Ibrahim replicates the art of this admirable tribe, which is governed by a chief who depends on the support of the tribe's several secret societies more...

Congolese wood African mask, 'Songe Wise One' (Ghana)

His eyes are attentive and, when he opens his mouth to speak, he does so carefully with great prudence. Carved by hand, this handsome mask by Nana Adu Amankwapam I comes from the Songe people of the Congo, formerly Zaire. "The elders of the tribe wea more...

Congolese wood mask, 'Boa,' (Ghana)

Ovular and antique, this mask from Chico Nortey presents a beautiful contrast of light and dark sese wood. The material's grain is accentuated by the artisan's careful sculpting, beautifully recreating a Boa mask from the Congo. Chico Nortey strives more...

Congolese wood mask, 'Initiation' (Ghana)

The yaka mask marks a young man's rite of passage into adulthood according to the beliefs and customs of the people of Congo. Literally meaning "circumcision," the yaka mask is worn during a dance following the circumcision of young men, as they fini more...

Congolese wood mask, 'Lega Sorcerer' (Ghana)

A mask of mystical allure, it is traditionally worn by the Lega sorcerer from Congo-Kinshasa (formerly Zaire). According to Lega customs, the sorcerer wears this mask with the sole purpose of healing, consulting the oracle or for initiation rites. Sa more...

Congolese wood mask, 'Rite of Passage' (Ghana)

Its face marked by fields of wheat, this mask from the Kif Webe people is a symbol of a boy's rite of passage into adulthood. Abubakari Alhassan masterfully replicates the art of this Congolese community as he carves the mask from sese wood with refi more...

Congolese wood mask, 'River God' (Ghana)

Salihu Ibrahim celebrates the art and spirituality of the Pende people, crafting this extraordinary vision of the Kasai River God. Ibrahim masterfully carves the mask from sese wood and adorns it with an array of colorful trade beads. The Pende peopl more...

Ivoirian wood mask, 'Courageous Guro' (Ghana)

Standing between long, curving horns, a tall comb crowns fluid sese wood contours. A long beard lends harmony and balance to this exquisite mask. The horns symbolize courage among the Guro people of Cote d'Ivoire, where such masks represent the spiri more...

Ivoirian wood mask, 'Guro Flamingo' (Ghana)

Leaning forward to caress the forehead, a graceful bird crowns this sese wood mask. The serenely symmetrical visage boasts a narrow beard that curls in counterpoint to the slender avian body. Salihu Ibrahim uses manual tools to carve this mask with t more...

Zaire wood mask, 'Harvest Feast' (Ghana)

This mask of stunning beauty is reserved for the festival that celebrates the millet harvest. Abubakari Alhassan carves the sese wood mask by hand and decorates it with painted details ornately embossed aluminum plates. He masterfully replicates the more...



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