African mask: Elephant Spirit
This is a beautiful tribal mask hand crafted in Ghana, West Africa by members of Ashanti tribe. It's carved of a solid piece of wood. Some parts are covered with black clay and have beads and bronze inlay over it. The entire work was done by hands. Beads and bronze inlay make it truly unique and different.
This type of masks are used in two types of events: initiation ceremonies and masquerade performances. It is believed that dancing brings the masks to life. They are believed to connect the spiritual and the physical realms, and awaken the spirits of the ancestors to life to give advise.
There are no two masks that are identical. But each one is beautiful and gives a room a very special look. You can easily hang it on the wall - the mask has a leather loop on the back.
Size: 19" H x 5" W x 3" D