A monkey centers the headdress of this beautiful African mask, and the personage wears large earrings. Hand carved and painted, the sese wood image is crafted by Ghana's Salihu Ibrahim. It represents the Fulani people who have settled in Mali. Although believed to have West African origins, the Fula are also present throughout Central Africa and Sudanese North Africa. 'We Africans tend to adopt certain cultural practices that we believe are good ones, and customs are also shared through inter-cultural marriage,' Ibrahim explains. 'Among Mali-dwelling Fulani, comb masks are given to a woman as a marriage proposal. She responds by giving a Senufo monkey mask to her suitor as a sign of acceptance. Because the monkey is known to be a happy animal, this mask reflects her happiness in saying yes.'
- Sese wood
- 1.48 lbs
- 16.3 inches H x 7.5 inches W x 4.3 inches D