Wood jewelry box, "Gecko Guardian"
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By Ahmed Baba Osmanu, this novel jewelry box is steeped in West African tradition. He shapes the piece of sese wood and carves ornamental motifs along the edges. A gecko stands guard on the lid, and embossed aluminum adornments appear on the sides. In bygone times, fetish priests buried medicinal herbs in such boxes to increase their curative powers.
Ahmed Baba Osmanu has received 5 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $100 and the most recent for $300. Proceeds were used to invest in the wood, metal plate, polish and paint that he uses in his sculptures and wood- work.
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.
This artist has dramatically improved their livelihood by working with NOVICA.