Handmade Ajala African Wood Mask (Ghana)

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Handmade Ajala African Wood Mask (Ghana)

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A Yoruba name meaning "victory at last," Ajala is a colorful name for a colorful African mask. Hand-carved and painted by Ghanaian artisan Abdul Aziz Mohamadu, it is made from local rubberwood and features bright yellow, red and blue, along with black and white. The long shape of the face is accentuated with carved lines that curve around the top of the mask and under the eyes.

Product Features -
Weight - 1.54 lbs
Dimension - 18.75" H x 5.75" W x 3" D
Color - Multicolor
Material - Rubberwood
Intended as wall decor
Features a rustic, rugged finish
Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
Made in Ghana

Story Behind The Art -
At a tender age, I used to draw pictures from magazines with a pencil. During my primary education, I painted with watercolors, to the admiration of my parents and their friends. This gave me confidence and inspired me to continue. I knew I'd be a painter in the future, as I realized that the flair for painting was in-born. When I was in senior high, I used to visit friends who were in college pursuing courses in painting. I'd practice with them using acrylics on canvas - I didn't find it difficult. In fact, I started to paint for people in my neighborhood upon request. When talking to people whose livelihood was painting and learning the challenges they encountered in selling a single canvas, it set me to thinking about whether to pursue this dream of becoming a painter. Perhaps I should turn to a different field altogether? When I completed senior high, I used to visit a man by name of Musa at his workshop. He was into carving masks and sculptures. I'd observe him with his workers and saw the joy with which they went about their work. At the time, I was deep in thought as to what would be next for me. My love for the art field was so strong. After careful observation of their carving over a period of time, one day I went to the workshop as usual, picked a log of wood and started carving out a mask as I had observed them doing. This surprised Musa and he was willing to help me perfect the skill. I developed a love for this new skill I'd acquired and decided to pursue it further. Because of my knowledge in painting, I was able to help Musa in creating very beautiful designs on the mask. In 2000, I went into carving and since then I have never regretted it. But I haven't abandoned painting completely either - I still paint for people upon request. I am now self employed and there are five assistants working with me. In addition, I have taught seven other people how to carve, and they are also on their own now and doing well. When I get large orders, I call on them for their assistance. I look forward to training more people in this craft and also to continuing with my paintings.  Abdul Aziz Mohamadu's work has been exhibited in Ghanaian venues as well as in Nigeria and Benin.
Country of Origin: Ghana

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Item #
30886458
Material
Wood
Season or Holiday
All Seasons
Color
Multi
Commercial
Yes
Product Features
Handmade
Worldstock
Worldstock
Model Number
299306

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