Akofena: Courage & Valor Mask

Awudu Saaed
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  • Imported from Ghana
  • Handmade
  • 18.5 inches
  • Sese Wood
  • Features the Akan symbol "Akofena" a symbol of courage and valor.

An authentic African mask named "Akofena" which is inspired by the Adinkra symbol featured on it. "Akofena" represents courage, valor and heroism. 

The crossed swords were a popular symbols on the shields of many former Akan states. In addition to recognizing courage and valor, the swords can represent legitimate state authority.

This mask measures approximately 18.5 inches (height), 5.25 inches (width) and 2.2inches (depth). It is made out of Sese wood and features vibrant and colorful glass beads on the face and stained wood that incorporates red, black and green colors. It is a unique African Mask that symbolizes courage, valor and heroism.

Handcrafted and imported from Ghana, your purchase helps support local Ghanaian artisans, their family and community. Each item is handmade so their may be slight and subtle differences in size, color and pattern. These slight differences are what makes each African Mask unique and a true work of art.

Learn more about the "Akofena" Adinkira symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana: From Ankh to Akofena: My World of Symbolism

Edition Handmade
Edition Size Each Mask is Hand Made by a local Master Ghanaian Artisan
Height 18.5 inches
Length 5.25 inches
Medium Sese Wood
Signed Unsigned
SKU 213733
Width 2.2 inches

Awudu Saaed

Anwudu Saaed is a friendly but quite person that started as fan of African carvings. He would congregate at his parent's workshop where carvers, designers and finishers worked. They noticed his interest and eventually Abdul Karim Star accepted him as an apprentice. Awudu was a fast learner and was determined to master this craft so that he could support his family. Eventually, he was permitted to sell some of the works he created as an apprentice in his master's workshop at various markets in Senegal, Mali, Ghana and Burkino Faso. He used the money he made to purchase his own tools and start his own workshop. He now has three apprentices of his own.

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