GreaterGood has given more than $35 million to non-profit charities around the world since 1999. Learn more.
Skip navigation
Every Purchase Fights Famine in the Horn of Africa & Combats Hunger in the U.S.
Skip navigation
Hop To It SVCute Commute Sale

Congolese wood Africa mask, 'River Goddess'

Item # 46511
In Stock

Roll over image to zoom in

A divine inhabitant of Zairian waters, this mask represents the Kasai River Goddess of the Pende people. Salihu Ibrahim hand-carves this extraordinary replica from seasoned sese wood and embellishes the face with an assortment of colorful trade beads. Wearing a stylized coiffure, the goddess is accessorized with iron earrings and red cotton tufts.

The Pende people live on the banks of the Kasai River in Zaire. Every time a river, stream or lake is purified, appreciation is shown to the gods and goddesses that inhabit the waters for their protection. Yearly and periodic rituals are therefore done to appease and thank them for their protection and longevity.

Please note this mask is crafted by hand without a previous sketch or mold. The beaded work may vary slightly in pattern and color in subsequent masks therefore rendering each one unique and exclusive. Made in West Africa.

  • 10.2" H x 6.7" W x 3.5" D
  • Weight: 2.2 lb
  • Beadwork on sese wood, cotton threads
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

Ships directly from our partner office in West Africa. Please allow 14 to 30 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

This item ships from a third party and may be excluded from certain promotions. Please see the Current Promotions page for details.

People buying this item also bought:

Chilean Good Luck Pig

From $4.99
On Sale!

Purple Haze Scarf

From $18.00
Special Value!

Tie-Dye & Lace Sleeveless Tunic

From $27.99
On Sale!

Dog Angel Coin

From $2.96
On Sale!

Excuse Me Squirrel Mug

From $11.00
Special Value!

Butterfly Bliss Hooded Jacket

From $38.00
Special Value!

Feed Native American Students

From $5.00
DOUBLE YOUR DONATION!

Just Believe Dragonfly Fold-up Tote Bag

From $8.00
Special Value!

India Noir Buttoned Tunic

From $26.95
One of our favorites!

Rise & Shine Hooded Jacket

From $40.00
Special Value!

Diagonal Rays Stonewashed Tee

From $32.00
Special Value!

Paws & Hearts Silicone Trivet

From $5.00
Special Value!

Hand-Beaded Tuxedo Tunic

From $21.99
On Sale!

A Space to Learn for Native American Students

From $5.00
DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED!

Divine Chocolate Bar - 1.5 oz

$2.50
One of our favorites!

Paws Galore Cookie Baking Set

From $7.46
On Sale!

Ultralite™ Doodle Art Rain Boots

From $24.00
Special Value!

Tie Dye Spirit Crocheted Top

From $20.00
Special Value!

Artisan: Salihu Ibrahim

Artisan Salihu Ibrahim 'Upon the death of my father, I was sent to live with one of my father's closest friends, a renowned traditional carver to the then Akwamu chief and the people of Akwamu,' Salihu Ibrahim says. 'I worked with him for about 15 years, during which time I learned the styles and techniques of the Ashanti and Akwamu people. My work began to flourish and achieve recognition, and today, I myself have apprentice carvers working with me to learn the art of carving.'

More items from Salihu Ibrahim: View all ▸

Popular Now: