This gorgeously beaded mask is the creation of artisan Abdul Aziz Mohamadu in Ghana. He carves the rubberwood mask by hand, and embellishes it with recycled glass beads of various colors. The beaded design on the forehead features the sankofa bird, an Akan adinkra symbol that means 'to return to one's roots'.
Rubberwood, recycled glass beads
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.