Ghanaian Wood Mask from Africa
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Salihu Ibrahim carves a faithful replica of the Tigari mask uncovered in 1890, in Ghana. Of Moshie origin, a Tigari was person especially endowed with psychic powers. This person could be a man or a woman and could heal, predict the future, indicate the best place for fishing and hunting and even influence the outcome of war. Ibrahim hand-carves this mask from noble sese wood, and once the piece has dried he treats it to a special procedure so it may acquire a distinct antique look.