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Fra Fra Dancer Mask

Awudu Saaed
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An authentic African mask inspired by and depicting a proud member of the Gur ethnic group of Ghana and Burkino Faso. It is constructed primarily from Sese wood. The mask features a beard made out of jute, tribal markings made with recycled aluminium accents and ridges at the top of the mask representing their braided hair.

This mask measures approximately 12.25 inches (height), 5.75 inches (width) and 2.2 inches (depth). It features a rustic finish and is intended to be used as indoor wall decor. Made by Master Artisan Awudu Saaed and three apprentices.

Each mask is handcrafted and imported from Ghana and 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 is what makes each African Mask unique and a true work of art.

The Gur people are also known by their colonial names of Fra-Fra or Fare-Fare which originated from their typical greeting of "Ya Fara-Fara?" which translates as "How is Your Work (Suffering)?".

You can learn more about this ethnic group here: The Fra-Fra People

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Description

An authentic African mask inspired by and depicting a proud member of the Gur ethnic group of Ghana and Burkino Faso. It is constructed primarily from Sese wood. The mask features a beard made out of jute, tribal markings made with recycled aluminium accents and ridges at the top of the mask representing their braided hair.

This mask measures approximately 12.25 inches (height), 5.75 inches (width) and 2.2 inches (depth). It features a rustic finish and is intended to be used as indoor wall decor. Made by Master Artisan Awudu Saaed and three apprentices.

Each mask is handcrafted and imported from Ghana and 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 is what makes each African Mask unique and a true work of art.

The Gur people are also known by their colonial names of Fra-Fra or Fare-Fare which originated from their typical greeting of "Ya Fara-Fara?" which translates as "How is Your Work (Suffering)?".

You can learn more about this ethnic group here: The Fra-Fra People

Specs.
Edition Handmade
Edition Size Each Mask is Hand Made by a local Master Ghanaian Artisan
Height 12.25 inches
Length 5.75 inches
Medium Sese Wood
Signed Unsigned
SKU 248049
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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