When designing the structure for a fireplace, you start with the recessed chamber (Rectangle shape) in the existing wall which leads to the chimney, in which the wood is burned. This chamber is named the firebox. The structure is made of brick, stone, or metal to contain the fire. On top the at structure we added the Zellij handmade custom mosaic tile and topped off the structure with what is referred to as the mantle wings with a dramatic application of up lighting. A fire place is a small piece of architecture and adding small non-associated collector pieces on the mantle create a visual chaos which ultimately detracts from the beauty of the art and the structure. This fireplace was in fact designed to not allow any type of piece to be placed on top of the mantle.
SIGNATURE ZELLIJ DESIGNED FIREPLACE By Danielé Perna
Harvest Mask origins and history: “The Bobo number about 130,000 and live in the countries of Burkina Faso, and Mali. They are an ancient amalgamation of several peoples who have assembled around a number of core clans. Their lives are regulated by a council of elders. The do not believe in giving one person the powerful status of chief. The Bobo god, creator of earth and animals, is Wuro, who formed the world from a ball of mud. He cannot be described and is not represented by sculptures The first man created according to Bobo legend was a blacksmith named Dwo a son of the Wuro. Dwo was the intermediary between humankind and the creator. Since it is proper to make amends for the errors of humankind, masks are utilized during purification ceremonies to erase evil and reinstating the God-given balance between sun, earth, and rain and man. At the end of the dry season and before the harvest begins, purification ceremonies take place using masks of wood, which may represent Dwo or protective spirits. All of them incarnate the forces of fertility, fecundity, and growth. The masks symbolizing animals or spirits such as the warthog, rooster, toucan, butterfly, fish, antelope, serpent, and hawk are worn during ceremonies associated with new crops, initiations and funerals. The fusion of animal spirits and man are a common Bobo mask theme often resulting in massive structural creations that tower above the dancers head. Among the Bobo, the sacredness of the mask derives from the fact that the divinity is considered to be present in the mask. The wearer is depersonalized, erases himself and takes on the personality of the deity or spirit.”
Bobo Tribe harvest mask is from Burkina Faso