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  • Size: 17.75" H x 6" W x 3.2" D

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA fair trade product in association with National Geographic.

  • Certified: comes with an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.

  • Exceptional Artisan Quality by Godfred France - crafted with care to be treasured for years to come.

  • Product Info: Sese wood

  • NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, works together with talented artisan designers around the world to produce stunning, keepsake treasures. Our mantra is to spread global happiness, so rest assured - we’ll do everything we possibly can to ensure you’re a happy customer. About this item: Handsome but solemn, this imposing African mask is the handiwork of Godfred France. He carves it by hand, using seasoned sese wood, and achieves rich textures with applications of white clay. "This mask comes from the Baule people of Cote d'Ivoire," he explains. "It is used by warriors going into battle. It is believed that in the olden days they once went out to war wearing this mask and their enemy lay in ambush all around. And this mask virtually spat out fire! The enemies fled, leaving their weapons behind, and the Baule warriors were victorious." About our Artist: As a child, Godfred France used to make boats with worn-out metal utensils, which he'd float in water. 'Due to financial constraints, my parents could not further my education and so I had to drop out of school and join my uncle, who was a wood carver. Thanks to the woodcarving, I've been able to educate my four children and I know that with constant sales, I'll be able to give them a brighter future than I had. This motivates me to wake up each day to carve!'

    NOVICA Decorative Large Sese Wood Mask Brown Baule Spitfire' - B4DXQN377