Small mask approximately 40cm
A Bakota mask is a type of ceremonial mask created by the Bakota people, who are indigenous to Gabon, a country in Central Africa. These masks hold great cultural and spiritual significance within the Bakota community and are often used during various rituals and ceremonies.
Bakota masks are typically carved from wood and are characterized by their elongated shape and intricate designs. They feature a tall, narrow structure that extends vertically from the face, often with a pointed or rounded top. The facial area of the mask is usually carved with delicate features, including narrow eyes, a slender nose, and a small mouth. The overall design of the mask can vary, but it often incorporates geometric patterns, symbolic motifs, and stylized representations of animals or spirits.
These masks are considered sacred objects and are believed to possess spiritual power. They are used in rituals related to ancestor worship, initiation ceremonies, healing practices, and social events. The Bakota people believe that wearing the mask connects them with the spirit world and allows them to communicate with their ancestors or supernatural forces.
Bakota masks are not only artistic expressions but also cultural artifacts that convey the history, beliefs, and values of the Bakota people. They are highly regarded for their aesthetic beauty, craftsmanship, and cultural significance, and they continue to play a vital role in preserving and promoting Bakota traditions and heritage.
These giraffes are individually handmade by our talented Zimbabwean artist in South Africa especially for Africanologie. They are available in White, Gold/Brown, Multi Colour and a Coloured Stripe.
XS - 12 cm high
S - 30cm high
M - 60cm high
L - 90cm high
Created by Lucky, South Africa
If out of stock on website, please call the store on +61 493 538 649 to order.
Sourced from Kenya these traditional grain stomper posts are available in natural or with painted white bands. They can be used to either hold plants or placed upside down, used as a side table or stool.
S - 40-44cm
M - 45-49cm
L - 50-60cm
Makenge baskets are traditional handwoven baskets from Zambia. They are created using a
particular type of vine called the makenge (or Mbengi) vine, which grows abundantly in the region.
The vines are harvested, then the bark is peeled and boiled to soften it. This makes it pliable, easy to
handle, and less likely to break during the weaving process.
The baskets themselves come in many different shapes, sizes, and designs. They are often colorful,
with elaborate patterns that reflect the local culture and traditions. Some baskets are large and
sturdy enough to hold heavy items like firewood, while others are delicate and decorative, meant to
be displayed on a shelf or hung on a wall.
Makenge baskets are typically woven by women in rural communities, who pass down the skill from
generation to generation. The weaving process is time-consuming and intricate, requiring skill,
patience, and attention to detail. Women must take care to create consistent tension in the vine as
they weave, and to ensure that the pattern is executed flawlessly.
Aside from their aesthetic appeal, makenge baskets have practical uses for everyday life in Zambia.
They can be used to transport food, water, and other goods, or to store items in the home. They are
also sold as souvenirs and handicrafts, providing income for local artisans and contributing to the
Overall, makenge baskets are a beautiful and important part of Zambian culture. They showcase the
creativity and craftsmanship of local women, and provide both functional and decorative benefits to
those who use and admire them.Flat is less than 5cm high
Deep is more than 5cm high
These chairs were originally designed as thrones for the Nigerian Yoruba Kings and Queens.
They are handcrafted by attaching thousands of tiny glass beads to canvas fabric in beautiful shapes and designs. The fabric is then attached to the chair frame. Each chair is a truly a unique work of art and they surprisingly comfortable too.