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Congolese wood Africa mask, 'River Goddess'

Item # 46511
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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. Wearing a stylized coiffure, the goddess is accessorized with iron earrings and red cotton tufts.

The Pende people live on the banks of the Kasai River in Zaire. Every time a river, stream or lake is purified, appreciation is shown to the gods and goddesses that inhabit the waters for their protection. Yearly and periodic rituals are therefore done to appease and thank them for their protection and longevity.

Please note this mask is crafted by hand without a previous sketch or mold. The beaded work may vary slightly in pattern and color in subsequent masks therefore rendering each one unique and exclusive. Made in West Africa.

  • 10.2" H x 6.7" W x 3.5" D
  • Weight: 2.2 lb
  • Beadwork on sese wood, cotton threads
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

Ships directly from our partner office in West Africa. Please allow 14 to 30 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

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Artisan: Salihu Ibrahim

Artisan Salihu Ibrahim 'Upon the death of my father, I was sent to live with one of my father's closest friends, a renowned traditional carver to the then Akwamu chief and the people of Akwamu,' Salihu Ibrahim says. 'I worked with him for about 15 years, during which time I learned the styles and techniques of the Ashanti and Akwamu people. My work began to flourish and achieve recognition, and today, I myself have apprentice carvers working with me to learn the art of carving.'

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