Decorative Sese Wood Hand Carved African Mask for the Wall, "Bobo Faces"
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This elongated African mask with two faces is hand-carved from sese wood by Ernestina Oppong Asante. 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. This design is an original creation based on the art of the Bobo people.
Among the Bobo people of Burkina Faso and Mali, masks are used in rituals to help connect humans with nature and the gods. In ceremonies, the mask wearers lose their individual identities and become part of the divinity believed to be held within the masks.
Ernestina supports and provides for her grandchildren's education.
Ernestina Oppong Asante has received 9 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1600 and the most recent for $800. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of wood and paints, as well as leather for the drums.
This artist uses traditional techniques handed down through the generations and/or creates culturally significant items, helping keep these traditions alive.
The Women's Empowerment badge is awarded to female artisans or artisan groups that are led by women.
Every purchase from this artist has a profound impact on their livelihood and income.