Handmade Alhaji Man Wood Sculpture (Ghana)

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Handmade Alhaji Man Wood Sculpture (Ghana)

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The bust of an African man is hand-carved of Ghanaian sese wood, featuring a long, exaggerated neck and a body with a protruding horn shape. Presented by Daniel Kwesi Donkor, this sculpture is diligently crafted through a process that takes several weeks. The artisan names the bust Alhaji, a male name from the northern part of Ghana.

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Weight - 1.47 lbs
Dimension - 17.75" H x 4.1" W x 3.1" D
Color - Brown
Material - Sese wood
Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
Made in Ghana

Story Behind The Art -
When I was in junior high school, I used to go to a nearby craft center during my lunch break. One day, I observed a man carving a statue. I began asking lots of questions and he took me through the steps of production. I loved it! When I found out wood carving could help me earn a living, I worked hard to master it. I worked for another artisan for a long time. I managed to complete my apprenticeship and then began to work on my own. When I create a new sculpture, it's challenging because I don't know how the final piece will look. But I aim high and come out victorious. I find inspiration in my drawings and my own carvings. I remember when a shopper ordered a sculpture and I couldn't afford the wood. I had to go into the bush to get it. This was during the rainy season and, when I got there, it began to rain and continued for five days. I was stuck in the bush, doing nothing. By the eighth day, I had cut the wood and the weather cleared up. So I was finally able to go home. Once, a Chinese woman who did not speak English visited my shop. I couldn't speak Chinese so what we did was, I wrote down the price of the item she wanted to purchase and she wrote the amount she wanted to give for it. We kept doing that till we arrived at a common price.
Country of Origin: Ghana


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