Meet the Vendor!

Meet the Vendor!

Meet 73-year old Master Carver Nana Frimpong Boady of the Ekoene clan, who serves as chief carver to the Ashanti King. He learnt to carve as a little boy from his father, who carved the parliament seat, and works with his son to run a little shop called "Onyame Ye Kesse" on the outskirts of Kumasi.

Darkwood Bassa Gela Mask

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Destination: Kumasi , Ghana

This guy with his pointed chin, crescent face, and detailed do, is a classic example of a gela mask from the Bassa people of Liberia. Associated with the all-male No society, a mask like this is intended to convey a graceful, serene, almost feminine-like quality, and would have been worn by dancers performing during initiation ceremonies and community festivities, or to impress and entertain important guests. Unlike most other African masks, the gela is attached to a woven framework which fits onto the dancer’s forehead; as a result, gela masks typically show very little wear.


17" H, 6.5" W, 2.5" D

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