Culture Masks(523 items)
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I gave this as a gift to a friend and she called me up raving about it. She sent me a picture of it hanging on her wall, surrounded by a few other masks and it looks like a photo from an art museum.
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 Culture Masks
Artisan Hand Carved Unique Santa Claus African Mask, "Ghanaian Santa Claus"$97.99
Beloved around the world, Santa Claus is also present in West Africa, where some adults dress as Father Christmas, or "Papa Bronya." This is especially popular at parties, as Santa is the one who hands out gifts. Ali Mohammed depicts the benevolent character as an African mask. Carved by hand of sese wood, this image of "Father Christmas" brings a Ghanaian presence to holiday decor.
Handcrafted Mexican Ceramic Skull Mask, "Life and Death in Teotihuacan"$89.99
A skull opens to reveal a living face in this intriguing mask from Mexico. "Part represents life, part represents death. This exemplifies the ancient Mesoamerican concept of duality," artisans from the Angel Cerón Artisan Association explain. Day and night, hot and cold, dark and light — this thought was present in almost all philosophical and religious ideas, extending as far south as the Andes.
Camouflaged Tree Man Wall Mask from Indonesian Jaka Legend, "Jaka Tarub"$49.99
Gio is inspired by the legend of Jaka Tarub to design this impressive wall mask. Hand-carved of albesia wood, the mask portrays Jaka's face covered by leaves. It refers to the part of his story when he hid in the forest, spying on seven angels who were playfully bathing by the river.
Jaka, the story continues, hid one of the angels' shawl, not knowing they were magical. When the angels decided to fly back to heaven, the youngest one whose shawl was missing had to remain on earth. Her name was Nawang Wulan and Jaka came out of hiding to console her, not revealing his mischief. He took her home and soon they fell in love, and had a child. Nawang Wulan magically provided Jaka with copious amounts of rice in the granary - something that Jaka had no knowledge of. But one day he disobeyed a simple request by Nawang Wulan, and with that action her magic powers came to an end. When the rice was gone, Nawang Wulan happened to find her missing shawl, which could restore her heavenly powers. She decided to return to heaven, but before flying back home, she asked Jaka to build a hut next to their home and place their baby girl there so she could come at night and nursed her. Nawang continued to care for her family from heaven.
Handcrafted Mexican Ceramic Aztec Eagle Warrior Mask, "Aztec Eagle Warrior"$89.99
A youthful face represents one of the renowned Aztec Eagle warriors, an elite infantry comprised of pre-Hispanic noblemen. Working in ceramic, artisans from the Angel Cerón Artisan Association create an original mask that is faithful to Mexico's ancient historical record.