Barakoa (n) /ba-ra-koh-a/
· Veil or mask in the Swahili language
Nyeusi (adj) /n-ye-ooh-see/
· The colour Black
It is believed that the earliest masks were used in African before the Paleolithic era. Being one of the main characteristics of the Bantu tribal culture, masks were used in rituals and ceremonies where the wearer of the masks ranked high in the village because of the belief that he had direct contact with the spirits.
Other historical use of the Barakoa was to determine wealth, tribal background and social status.
Today, many of these masks are collected as art pieces & home décor, usually hung on the wall to show its beauty from all angles.
Handcrafted by Fredrick.
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Dimensions (L x W):
35.5 x 4.5 inches
90 x 11 cm
The Barakoa comes from Mango tree, largely grown in India and Africa. Known for its Neem wood, related to the Mahogany tree family, it features interlocking, coarse and rough grain that aid in the durability and charm of the wood.
Polish every 6 months with furniture polish for that shiny new look.