At times, my husband has the pleasure of traveling for work. He was recently in Angola, Africa and picked up these masks wittled from Sapele Wood. They represent a few of the tribes in the area that he stayed. To be honest, when he brought them home I had no interest in hanging them in our house because I don’t like decor with faces or masks…when I was little my parents had this STUPID porcelain leprechaun that was a music box and one night (after watching the movie Leprechaun) the music box dinged once and I swore it was looking at me. I haven’t been fond on home decor items with faces
and creepy eyes.
One weekend I was invited to a party to celebrate Chilean Independence Day. OMG the food is amazing! The hallway was decorated with masks from all over the world and I LOVED IT! Hubs and I both love to collect things from our travels and we’ve made it a point to decorate our home with our finds. It gives our space character and offers perspective that we aren’t the only culture in the world. One day I would love to have my family grow up in a worldly home.
Since our masks are smaller than a hand each, I wanted to display them as a grouping. I thought about doing a shadow box but didn’t like how traditional they looked. I wanted something with a little character.
I found this frame at Target and it’s perfect! Actually, perfect is an understatement. This frame was made for these masks. At first I hot glued the masks to the glass but they fell off. I opted to remove the glass and glue them to scrapbook paper instead. It now lives in our upstairs hallway with our two paintings from Nigeria. I think the collage of masks pairs nicely with the art.
What things have you collected from your travels?