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  • Size: 13" H x 6" W x 3.2" D

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA fair trade product in association with National Geographic.

  • Certified: comes with an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.

  • Exceptional Artisan Quality by Abdul Karim Star

  • Product Info: Sese wood

  • NOVICA, in association with National Geographic, works together with talented artisan designers around the world to produce stunning, keepsake treasures. Our mantra is to spread global happiness, so rest assured - we’ll do everything we possibly can to ensure you’re a happy customer. About this item: Centering his forehead, a turtle gazes curiously at the features of a man. Abdul Karim Star carves a mask of bold beauty, contrasting light and dark colors. He names it Bashunge, or "Trust" in the language of Ghana's Hausa people. Such masks remain in the family home, representing the bond of trust among them. About our Artist: When Abdul Karim Star was four, his parents divorced and he was sent to Accra. 'I initially stayed with an uncle, however there were times when he couldn't afford school tuition and I had to stay home. One morning, while walking aimlessly, a man called out to me and asked me to buy him food and some wood sanding discs. When I returned, he wanted to pay for my services. I politely and humbly declined but on his insistence, I accepted a plate of cooked rice and beans. His show of love and appreciation endeared him to me, to the extent that I became his errand boy. With time, a friendship developed and I became fascinated with his craft... he was a wood carver. He trained me well and eventually I became a carver in my own right.'

    NOVICA Decorative Health Large Sese Wood Mask Black 'Turtle Man Trust' - BYP9CO4VK