Vintage African Moon Mask

Vintage African Moon Mask

Meticulously carved and made by hand from a single piece of teak wood, this work of art from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast depicts the face of the moon and was used on the first day of harvest for good luck and to celebrate the farming season. The concentric circles used for the eyes and mouth are known characteristics of masks created by the Bwa of the Burkina Faso region. The strongly abstracted patterning shows the influence of Islamic teaching over the centuries. 

Size: 35" diameter (with bottom tip length), 39.25" H x 1.5" D