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  • Size: 16.25" H x 5" W x 2.4" D

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA fair trade product in association with National Geographic.

  • Certified: comes with an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.

  • Exceptional Artisan Quality by Abdul Aziz Mohamadu

  • Product Info: African rubberwood and brass

  • NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, works together with talented artisan designers around the world to produce stunning, keepsake treasures. Our mantra is to spread global happiness, so rest assured - we’ll do everything we possibly can to ensure you’re a happy customer. About this item: "Masks such as this are used by the Gaya people of the Kano State in Nigeria," says Ghanaian artisan Abdul Aziz Mohamadu. "They are used during marriage ceremonies when the bride and groom come from different tribes. During the ceremony, the man wears the mask and lies down on the floor to allow his bride to jump over him. This simple act tells the people present that he will not mistreat the woman when he takes her along with him." Embossed brass adorns the hand-carved African mask, named Tomari – a Hausa word meaning "Jump me, my love." - Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly About our Artist: 'I always knew I wanted to paint, but wasn't sure I could make a living out of it, so I looked into other fields too,' recalls Abdul Aziz Mohamadu. 'I observed master carver Musa at his workshop for a period of time, then I picked up a log of wood and started carving out a mask as I had observed him doing. This surprised Musa and he was willing to help me perfect the skill. I developed a love for this new art, and that's how I eventually became a master carver too!'

    NOVICA Decorative Nigerian Large African Rubber Wood Mask Red 'Equality in Marriage' - B2Q4CMJ67