Fascinating carved wooden mask from the Grebo people of the Ivory Coast
This one measures 14 x 5 inches.
“Grebo” means “leaping monkey people,” a reference to their flight from a former homeland near the Sahara. Their major economic activity is producing palm oil and palm kernels for export. The culture of the Grebo, a little-known ethnic group inhabiting the coastal region of eastern Liberia and the bordering forestlands, was shaped to a considerable degree by their neighbors to the north, the Kran and Dan. Unlike the other people living in Liberia, the Grebo are not structured by the Poro society. They are ruled by a chief known as bodio who lives in near-total isolation and also assumed the function of grand priest.
The Grebo sculpt several types of masks. This type is a male war mask, more abstract and flat, formed by a board with an elongated nose and one or more pairs of tubular eyes. The masks appeared during rituals reserved for initiates and at the time of festive occasions when the whole population was able to see them. The war masks designed primarily to terrify appeared during battles, in the dances beforehand, and at the funerals of warriors.
This amazing pouf or floor pillow is made from vintage Handiras aka Moroccan wedding blankets. This is a full on piece of furniture stuffed firm with shredded foam.
They are woven as a dowry for brides. The blanket is handloomed with a field in off white and white stripes with tufty stripes and awesome geometrically patterned lines of sequins. Made of cotton In excellent condition. It measures 25 x 25 x 9 inches and it is stuffed fine shredded foam. The pouf will come with a bigger pillow than th eone shown, it will be more filled out. It is comfy!
Old handiras and things made from old handiras are becoming increasingly rare. The quality of the ones produced now don't compare to these.
Moroccan wedding blankets are woven in natural undyed wool and cotton, often decorated with woven pattern bands of very pretty and colourful talismanic symbols. The numerous sequins give the Handira the finishing touch but are not solemnly esthetical. They are considered to ware of the evil eye and to protect. They also reflect the sun light during the day and the glow of fire at night.
A bride wears her Tamizart as part of her dowry when she is carried to the house of the groom. According to old tradition it is highly unusual that the bride walks, she is carried on the back of a mule to her new home. During this journey a small procession of family and friends of the bride sing about her dowry and the gifts that she brings for her new family.
For more great Moroccan Wedding Blanket pillows and other pillows from around the world check out the pillows section of our shop:
A huge and superbly painted painted hand carved wooden jaguar masks from Oaxaca. This is a tradition form of folk art in Oaxaca. These vibrantly painted animals are called Alebrijes. This one measures about 10X10"
These amazing throw pillows are made from by Berber women of Morocco. They are not pieces of old rugs but have been woven as pillow cases. Made of wool and in excellent condition. This one measures 12 x 13 inches