For the Kota people of Eastern Gabon, the delicate and ghostly Ogooue masks represent incarnations of returned ancestor spirits who come to aid the living and guide the deceased to the hereafter. Traditionally, the Kota and Mukudji peoples would wear these masks during important village festivals. Gabonese artisan Salihu Ibrahim hand-carves each of these stunning replica masks out of local Sese wood. Each finished piece is treated with clay to create a delicate antique patina.
Handcrafted in Gabon, West Africa. Sese wood and white clay. Approximately 18"H x 9 1/2"W x 6 3/4"D.
Bring the spirit of the savannah to your
dinner table with these hand-carved olive-wood salad servers. They’re created for National Geographic by members of Kenya’s Kamba tribe in a Nairobi craft studio. Men and women, many of whom are cousins ...