Bridal Protection

African Carved Mask

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SKU: 170649
Salihu Ibrahim creates an impressive replica of the bridal mask worn by the Mandey people from Cote d'Ivoire. It is worn to ensure the newlyweds will have children. They believe that by keeping their faces hidden during the marriage ceremony they are protected from the evil eye possibly cast by any of those attending. Ibrahim grounds stones and charcoal to obtain the colors used for decorating the sese wood mask. This mask is known as 'Sowei,' which in the Gola language of the Mandey means 'Give Birth.'
  • Sese wood
  • All natural dyes
  • 0.71 lbs
  • 12.5 inches H x 5.5 inches W x 2 inches D
  • Made in Ghana

Meet the Artist

Salihu Ibrahim