"My favorite piece is the Akuabaa doll. It is believed that, when given this doll, any woman who cannot have babies is likely to get pregnant."
"I was born April 13, 1969; I am happily married, with three children. After secondary school, I became interested in Ghanaian carvings when I worked as a secretary. I got to know almost every carver in the country. Due to the nature of my job, I visited their various workshops and showrooms and had the opportunity to observe and study various pieces, the methods and finish, as well as their meanings.
"For example, my favorite piece is the Akuabaa doll because of its meaning and power. In the Akan tribe of Ghana, the doll represents fertility. It is believed that, when given this doll, any woman who cannot have babies is likely to get pregnant. You can imagine the joy a child brings to such a woman. The Akuabaa doll is also a symbol of twins in Ghana, and they each receive an Akuabaa doll so that in case one should die, during the twin festival the doll is brought out in remembrance of the dead twin.
"I was so fascinated with all this that I decided to learn the trade, and did so through a carver in Aburi. My products are unique; they have a meaning and they are backed by history. Almost all my masks have a meaning and a history behind them.
"I have attended several exhibitions in Ghana since 2001."
Bright colors distinguish this jovial personage, immortalized as a mask. Designed by Rita Addo Zakour, the piece is carved by hand from native sese wood and richly embellished with embossed aluminum. Its style comes from the Dan people of Cote d'Ivoire....read more
Rita Addo Zakour demonstrates her creative skills with this delightful African mask. Covered by symmetrical motifs, the face depicts a demure and beautiful woman. The piece is carved by hand from native sese wood and richly embellished with embossed....read more
Carved by hand of sese wood, this mask honors the beliefs and customs of the Dan community, who live in Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Salihu Ibrahim decorates the expressive mask with jute braids and beard. Believed to depict the spirit of darkness, the....read more
With narrowed eyes and clenched teeth, this horned mask is bold and menacing. Sinclair Yao Daley carves an image from the Senufo people of Cote d'Ivoire. "Senufo masks are used in the rites of the Poro society," he says. "This is a male organization....read more
COLLECTIONS FEATURING Ivory Coast Masks
Ivory Coast Masks
Shop among the dozens of handpicked Ivory Coast Masks and let your wall art speak for itself. Each African mask tells a unique story of its own, bringing lively energy and cultural dimension to any room or office space. Browse through an array of unusual and imaginative expressions on the faces of these West African masks to find the one that appeals to your personal sense of style. Should your time exploring this particular collection of tribal masks inspire interest beyond the Ivory Coast variety, we hope you continue to view African masks from other areas as well.
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