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African wood mask, 'Harvest Chief'

Item # 47640
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The Gabogi people of Nigeria celebrate a good harvest during the Mashgu Festival, when the chief wears the Bariwa or Authority mask. Impressed by its beauty, Abdul Aziz Mohamadu creates a faithful replica as he carves the mask from African sese wood. The mask is embellished with painted details, embossed aluminum and white clay. Made in West Africa.
  • 16.9" H x 5.1" W x 2.4" D
  • Weight: 0.7 lb
  • Sese wood and aluminum
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

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Artisan: Abdul Aziz Mohamadu

Artisan Abdul Aziz Mohamadu 'I always knew I wanted to paint, but I wasn't sure I could make a living out of it, so I thought I should look into other fields too,' recalls Abdul Aziz Mohamadu. 'I observed master carver Musa at his workshop for a period of time, then I picked up a log of wood and started carving out a mask as I had observed him doing. This surprised Musa and he was willing to help me perfect the skill. I developed a love for this new art, and that's how I eventually became a master carver too!'

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