'Big Headed Linguist' Akan Mask

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'Big Headed Linguist' Akan Mask

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According to the beliefs of the Akan people of Ghana, anyone with a ti kese ("big head") is said to be very knowledgeable. Court linguists, for example, were said to have big heads, although they would also be the subject of ridicule by passersby. George Obeng celebrates this legendary Akan custom with a hand-carved sese wood mask. He paints it with bright colors and adorns it with ornate brass plates. 

Product Features:

  • Weight: 2.0 lbs
  • Includes: Akan mask
  • Sese wood and brass
  • Material: 50-percent alpaca wool, 50-percent acrylic
  • Dimensions: 7.1 inches wide x 18.5 inches high x 2.8 inches deep
  • Made in Ghana 

Story Behind the Art:

Born in 1963 in a suburb of Accra, George Asante sojourned in the Republic of Nigeria for some four years when he finished high school. He returned to Ghana in 1986 to invest a little capital he had accumulated while there. After a while, convinced that better fortunes awaited him in life ahead, he turned to wood and the talent of carvers in the Akuapim hills. In 1990 he settled there to begin training as a carver. By the time he graduated, Asante had become the real artist he always knew he was. Four years of careful training had not been undertaken for common standards. Not only did Asante's background knowledge of woodwork help him, but an inbred acumen contrived to bring to the surface a reckonable and talented carver. George is married and shares three sweet children with his wife. He believes in the strengths and aesthetic values of the woods that he and other colleagues transform into works of art. For good reason, he works out many different forms from these materials: sese wood, cedar wood and twenenboa wood in particular.

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Country of Origin: Ghana
Item #: 12066343


Brass, Wood
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Wall Decor
Multi, Red
Product Features
7.1 in W x 18.5 in H x 2.8 in D
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