If you love African art, Sankofa will quickly become your go-to shop. It is chockablock with all sorts of decorative and functional art and apparel from all over Africa. The shop owners are very helpful and knowledgeable about their inventory, as well. The back room - and its treasure trove of African pieces - will take your breath away. This 23-inch-high Ashanti stool ($350) with a Gye Nyame (meaning "except for God") symbol on the base comes from Ghana. The 20-inch-x-9½-inch mask ($290) comes from the Ibo people - the third largest tribe in Africa - in Nigeria. The pedestal bowl ($350) comes from the Yoruba people in Nigeria. The kissing elephants figure ($29.99) is from Kenya. The "spirit husband" figurine ($2,000) is a rare vintage piece from the Baule people of Ivory Coast. Sankofa African & World Bazaar is at 2442 N. Charles St. Call 410-366-0886 or go to sankofaafricanbazaar.com.
Sloane Brown, Baltimore Sun
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