Hand Carved Wood African Tribal Mask, "Onukpa"
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Solemn and regal, the "Onukpa" mask is worn when the king of the Ga people passes away and his heir assumes the throne. Meaning both "Next of Kin" and "Elderly One," this Onukpa mask is part of a celebration that includes festive drumming and dancing. Ghana's Robert Nortey carves the sese wood replica by hand featuring a bird looking down from the crown to the forehead, which is decorated with white clay. Nortey also uses clay to create the textures on the cheeks of this brown mask.
Robert Nortey has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $500 and the most recent for $350. Proceeds were used to invest in the raw materials he uses for his authentic African masks.
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.