This small mask from West African artisan Abdul Aziz Mohamadu has big personality. Crafted from local sese wood, the mask is adorned with aluminum plate on the forehead and a multicolored raffia headdress. The mask is called Alika, a Nigerian word meaning 'most beautiful' in English.
Sese wood, aluminum plate, raffia
Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
In the Andes, the Land of the Four Corners, mountains are sacred. So is culture. The Nazca lines, the Wari glyphs, the Quipu knots and the complex multi-colored textiles of the Incas are all recorded and live on the work of contemporary Peruvian artisans.