Congolese wood Africa mask, 'Thank You Nature' (Ghana)


The Beyembe people of Congo show their appreciation for nature's gifts with this colorful mask. They wear it at their annual festival to thank Mother Nature for the air they breathe and the water they drink, as well as for food, trees, sun, moon and stars. Juliana Akandas designs the mask, which is carved from sese wood and painted it by hand in rich red and green hues. The mask is adorned with embossed brass plates, beads and cotton.