Explore NOVICA's Gallery of Masks. Since the Stone Age, masks have been worn in most cultures. From burial ceremonies to religious celebrations, theatrical productions, and carnival disguises, they have captivated their audience. As you explore this collection, you'll discover unique traditional and modern masks handcrafted by global artisans in materials ranging from jade to papier mache and from hand-carved woods to leather.
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Masks have long been used ashome dcor, especially for the eclectic and worldly decorator. Theyre a thoughtful way to tell a story, bring depth and texture to a wall, and complement the rest of your global style. They can also be used to... read more
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Wow - Just WOW!
What incredible detail! This is so beautiful and the beadwork is PERFECT. Theres not a crooked bead anywhere - the quality and artisanship are phenomenal! I cant find a signature anywhere but he definitely should - it is my first of many to purchase! I have really enjoyed learning about the Huijol people and customs!
These are each a little different and go together beautifully. I looked for a long time for just the right thing to go in that spot and these fit the bill perfectly. So glad to find them on Novica and support one of the awesome artist around the world!
Great quality mask & love the size. Needed a few smaller masks to complete a home decor project & this one was perfect!
Abdul Aziz Mohamadu Hand-carved African masks
"In 2000, I went into carving and since then I have never regretted it. But I haven't abandoned painting completely either."
Handcrafted Jungle Cat Costa Rican Wood Mask, "Boruca Wild Cat"$79.99
This cat is full of character, not to mention color. Victor Hernandez hand-carves this decorative balsa wood mask in the image of a jungle cat. Brass eyelets and an agave cord are attached to the back for easy hanging.
The Boruca people live in southwestern Costa Rica. Devil masks are part of a centuries-old festival called "The Game of the Devils," honoring the Boruca's fight to defend their land from invading Spaniards. During the festival, the masked actors portray defenders fighting a bull, representing Spain. The bull is a large costume that takes about ten men to maneuver. Victor Hernandez learned the art of Boruca mask carving at the side of his father.
Batik Wood Mask in Blue and Multicolor from Java, "Blue Princess"$25.99
In tones of blue and multicolor, the face of a princess is decorated with luscious floral motifs. Javanese artisan Omi Setiawan crafts this mask from albesia wood, decorated using the batik method, where a wax resist is painted onto the surface before colorful dyes are applied. Traditional motifs are visible on the mask's forehead, nose, and cheek.
Guatemalan Artisan Hand Carved and Painted Wood Coyote Mask, "Nocturnal Coyote"$84.99
By Jose Canil Ramos, this mask depicts a fanciful blue coyote with inquisitive ears and long eyelashes. "I was inspired to craft this mask in order to show that the coyote is a strong and handsome creature," the artisan says. He carves it from pinewood and paints the piece by hand.
The ears are removed for shipping.
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