Handmade Baba Gonja African Wood Mask (Ghana)

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Handmade Baba Gonja African Wood Mask (Ghana)

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In an elaborate process that takes over two weeks, Saeed Musah of West Africa crafts this awe-inspiring wall mask carved from sese wood. This mask, titled Baba Gonja or "Father of Gonja," has geometric features and is a unique addition to your home decor.

Product Features -
Weight - 1.23 lbs
Dimension - 15.25" H x 6" W x 2.6" D
Color - Multicolor
Material - Sese wood
Intended as wall decor
Each artwork is unique -- wood grain, color, and pattern will differ slightly from picture
Made in Ghana

Story Behind The Art -
I was born in Accra. My friends describe me as a hardworking, honest and creative person. I craft African masks and wood carvings.During my school days, I sold paper bags to pay for my education because there was no money and I didn't want to drop out. I sold them throughout my years in school, which was a very difficult period. I'm happy I was able to overcome it.One funny moment was when I fell in love with a beautiful girl and I was afraid to tell her. One day, I sent a friend of mine to call her for me so I could tell her my feelings. When she came over to talk to me, I lost my nerve and told her my mother was calling her.I've enjoyed art since I was a child. I was very good at drawing and painting. After junior high school, I learned how to design and paint beads. Once I had learned, I then taught many others.Starting out on my own as an artisan was very hard because I didn't have any financial support. I carved the designs that came to mind and I realized people appreciated them. This encouraged me to keep going despite the challenges I was facing.I enjoy the uniqueness of my designs and how I translate an image onto a piece of wood. The most challenging aspect of my work is marketing my creations.I'm inspired by the master artisan who taught me this work. I use brass, aluminum, wood and recycled glass beads in my designs. The wood quality and its finish are the characteristics I seek.I've been able to train six people so far. My hope is to work hard and expand my workshop to train more people in my community.
Country of Origin: Ghana

Specifications

Item #
30886441
Material
Wood
Season or Holiday
All Seasons
Color
Multi
Commercial
Yes
Product Features
Handmade
Worldstock
Worldstock
Model Number
258397

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