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How do you decorate your home with masks?
Masks have long been used as home décor, especially for the eclectic and worldly decorator. They’re a thoughtful way to tell a story, bring depth and texture to a wall, and complement the rest of your global style. They can also be used to... read more
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This mask is one of the most stunning pieces of art that I have ever had the privilege to own!!! I know I always leave positive reviews as you could see from my profile but this time I am ABSOLUTELY floored!!! I am so happy with it!!! Just a striking, original and fantastic mask. I am so in awe. I love masks and try to restrain myself so I dont have a house full of masks but this one just haunted me until I bought it and I just love it. Thanks so much, Novica!!! Never disappoints!!!
This stunning mask greets my visitors.
I put this mask in my foyer next to a vase and palm leaves. It sets the tone for a house full of interesting artifacts. I love the bright colors and interesting designs of this mask. The warrior with the jaguar mask on his head tells a story of strength and courage.
Really lovely work, excellent pieces, wonderful!
Purchased three piece & each piece is truly a work of art. Beautiful clear finish with nice wood grain, the carving detail is wonderful. All the pieces arrive quickly & the boxes were so well packaged. Equally the package came with a totally wonder ribbon with a sweet ornament, just really super. I could not be more please with the purchase.
Salihu Ibrahim Hand-carved wood masks and sculptures
"I worked with the chief's head carver for about 15 years, during which time I learned the various styles and techniques of Ashanti and Akwamu traditional methods of wood carving."
"My name is Salihu Ibrahim, and I was born in the eastern region of Ghana in 1964. My father... read more
Beaded Huichol Mask Mexican Folk Art Handmade in Mexico, "Estrella"$187.99
A brilliant star lances mystic rays across the forehead of this beaded mask by Higinio Hernandez. It casts white light on the or “corn plant,” its golden ears ready to harvest. the scorpion stands guard over the corn on either side of the mouth, and or “peyote” buttons, adorn cheeks and chin. Jicuri is the centerpiece of Huichol ritualism, revered for its curative properties and its ability to enlighten those who partake of it. beads patiently placed one at a time on a papier mache base. Beeswax is used instead of glue. His masks reveal the rich cosmology of the Huichol people and add color and life to any setting.
Because each mask is individually crafted without a pattern, small details may vary, such as the color of a flower or symbol, but without affecting the original design.
Care instructions: Since this exquisite mask is made with the traditional process of attaching the beads with wax, do not expose this piece to direct heat or light, which may cause the wax to dry or soften and thus loosen the beads.
Handcrafted Jungle Cat Costa Rican Wood Mask, "Boruca Wild Cat"$84.99
This cat is full of character, not to mention color. Victor Hernandez hand-carves this decorative balsa wood mask in the image of a jungle cat. Brass eyelets and an agave cord are attached to the back for easy hanging.
The Boruca people live in southwestern Costa Rica. Devil masks are part of a centuries-old festival called "The Game of the Devils," honoring the Boruca's fight to defend their land from invading Spaniards. During the festival, the masked actors portray defenders fighting a bull, representing Spain. The bull is a large costume that takes about ten men to maneuver. Victor Hernandez learned the art of Boruca mask carving at the side of his father.
Butterfly Theme Balinese Hibiscus Wood Mask, "Queen of the Butterflies"$69.99
A butterfly alights on the face of a beautiful woman with scarlet lips. Or perhaps it is two birds, facing each other as if in a test of wills. By Gusti Ngurah Semarajaya, the enigmatic hibiscus wood mask is painted by hand. It poses on a stand of guagule wood.
Woodcarver Arturo Aj Canil of Guatemala To understand immigration, we need to understand the root causes that... read more
“When you dream, dream big…” that was the saying on my mind as I listened to Abdul Aziz Mohamadu talking about... read more