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. He works with his son Kwami Sampo to run a little shop called "Onyame Ye Kesse" on the outskirts of Kumasi.

Krahn Bird Mask

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Destination: Kumasi , Ghana

Wear a ferocious-looking bird mask and people tend to listen to you—that’s the way the Krahn see it anyway. A Kru people residing in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire, the Krahn were historically hunters, farmers, and fishermen living in a loosely-organized network of clans, each with a headman and a council that served as a kind of governing body. Worn during community mediations, masks modeled on powerful animals, served an important sociopolitical function—letting everyone know just who was boss.

Krahn masks are also made to appease the bush spirits, on whom tribesmen depend for protection. It’s said that these pushy spirits often appear in people’s dreams demanding that ceremonial masks be carved in their honor, and as anyone knows—what a bush spirit wants, a bush spirit gets.

Details and Dimensions

Hand carved with a worn-finish.
25" l, 7" w

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