Handmade Calm And Patient African Wood Mask (Ghana)

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Handmade Calm And Patient African Wood Mask (Ghana)

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Ghanaian artisan Enoch Adjei designs this striking wall mask. Hand-carved from sese wood, the mask is embellished with painted triangle motifs, colorful cotton tassels, and recycled glass beads. The artisan calls the mask Asana, a female name meaning "calm and patient person."

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Weight - 1.91 lbs
Dimension - 19.25" H x 7.75" W x 3.3" D
Color - Brown
Material - Sese wood, cotton, recycled glass beads
Intended as wall decor
Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
Made in Ghana

Story Behind The Art -
Enoch Adjei is my name. I was born on December 27, 1982, in the Eastern region of Ghana. I am a quiet, polite and hardworking person, a wood-carver and designer. I grew up in a community of carvers and my guardians are also carvers. During weekends and on vacations, I tried my hand at sandpapering carved items. It was a wonderful experience for me. I saw wood in its natural state and how the carvers and designers could transform this wood into something unique. I developed a love for this craft. So, after my basic education, I informed my guardians that I wanted to pursue carving as my career. Ernestina Oppong Asante — a Novica-feaured artisan who is my guardian — was happy about my decision. She paid special attention in training me, as she knew I could be make a living with this art. Because of my passion for carving, it was easy to learn very fast. Starting on my own was not so difficult. I had already observed carving over a long period of time at home and at my guardian's workshop. Their mentoring helped me avoid many mistakes I would otherwise have made. I learned about quality observation on finished masks and sculptures. I sold what I created at the workshop. This helps me to be independent even though I work in the same workshop. Continuous practice has helped me master the skill. I assist new people who come to learn with the basic things they need to know about carving. It is a delight to train someone. I use sese, cedar, ebony and tweneboa woods and aluminum plate for my carvings. They are not difficult materials to work with. I love animals and love to carve them.
Country of Origin: Ghana


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