The Japanese culture should be commended for their foreknowledge in giving “the celebration of imperfection” a proper name such as, Wabi-Sabi. I’d venture to say that in Africa imperfections were never openly celebrated, nor named. However, Wabi-Sabi, unbeknownst to all, has been alive and well on the continent of Africa for centuries.  Usually obtained unintentionally in the pursuit of creating handmade offerings and paying homage to; royalty, the spiritual world, harvests, battles and celebrating nature.

Today, a great percentage of the original African art can be seen in museums all over the world and impressive private art collections. Likewise these stunning art pieces are featured as furniture and home decor in residential as well as, commercial spaces.

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African Wooden Grave Markers (Kikangu)

For instance, the hand-carved African Bamileke stools, sought after by interior designers throughout the world, today, originated from Cameroon.  It was made for the King of the village to sit on during ceremonies, honouring the earth spider.

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1M Diam x 45 cm HBamileke Stool Hand-Carved From A Single Tree Stump.

Likewise, the people from Burkina Faso’s hand-carve wooden Bobo Masks resembles the spirts of animals such as: hawks and butterflies and are worn during ceremonies related to harvesting, burials and initiations.

African Home Decor Hand carved Elephant Masks

African Home Decor Hand carved Elephant Masks by phasesafrica.com

These beautiful African hand-carve elephant masks are from Cameroon are just the perfect wall decor in any space, residential or commercial.  Them masks are approx. 1 meter in length and 40cm wide.  They are not currently displayed on our website.  However please use the link provided in the image to contact us for prices and availability.

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Wabi-Sabi hand carved African grain pots – turned Up-side down are ideal side tables.

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African Wood Hand-Carved Bobo Mask

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Natural wood finish Nupe Stools – Also available in multi coloured finish.

Furthermore, the Yoruba tribes from Western Africa, famed for their stunning handmade bead work. For example, their beaded armchairs and crowns, created exclusively for the use of the Yoruba’s Oba (royalty.)

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Yoruba Hand-beaded Armchairs.

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African Yoruba Beaded Crowns

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African Punu Tribal Masks – hand-carved out of wood and then beaded by hand.

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African Hand-carved Ashanti Stool

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Hand-carved African Bamileke Bed

Thankfully the master of these imperfectly – perfect Wabi-Sabi African creations, are passed on from one generation to another. therefore, Phases Africa Furniture & Décor, are able to continue providing our customers with the best of what Africa as to offer.