Current Location:
Hanging Fence Storage -> Section #3
Location Notes:
IDC; Hanging Fence Storage; Section #3

Ghanaian FraFra Tribe Mask

Artwork
Identifier:
2005.096.1
Artist:
Ghanaian Artisan
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Carved Wood and Paint
Date:
circa 1900
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 21 in Width: 10 in Depth: 4.5 in
Description:
A geometric black mask with a set of red and yellow antlers.
Historical Context:
The Frafra people live in north and northeastern Ghana and their name is a derivative from the greeting "Ya Fara-Fara?", which means "How is your suffering (work)?". They farm peanuts, yams, sorghum, and millet, and raise cows and goats. Frafra women also grow cash crops such as sesame and tobacco, which they sell in local markets. The most recognized of the Frafra art forms are cast brass jewelry and beautifully decorated architecture. In addition anthropomorphic figures sculpted from clay and wood and various personal objects, ranging from jewelry to wooden stools, are created to honor the spirits.