Flaring Elephant African Wood Mask - 6" x 13.75"
Similar Items in Decorative Accessories
Pricing and Options
Flaring its dark brown ears, an elephant is hand-carved of sese wood in this wall mask from Ghana. Theophilus Anum designs this striking addition to your home decor, given a beige finish. The elephant's eyes are made of embossed brass.
- Dimensions: 13.75" H x 6" W x 3.5" D
- Weight: 1.63 lbs
- Colors: Beige, Black
- Materials: Sese wood, Potassium, Brass plate, Local clay
- Intended as wall decor
- This is the artists own design
- Hand-made item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
- Made in Ghana
Story Behind The Art:
Due to financial constraints I could not complete my senior high school education. I could not just sit at home, so I went to Master Musah to learn how to carve. I am a humble, respectful and a sociable person. I am also a designer. I've loved drawing since I was a child. I also love playing soccer and I joined a local team in my neighborhood. I get my inspiration from God. I developed an interest in carving right from a tender age. Carving and designing was a business in the house where I grew up. I would sit and observe the way beautiful designs were carved out of wood. Sometimes I would pick up used sandpaper and try sandpapering left over pieces of wood as I had seen others do.I did not take carving as seriously as I did soccer. When I'd return from school I would rather go play soccer, but once in a while my attention would be drawn to a new piece of artwork and I would pause to watch closely the item and wonder how it had been crafted. Due to financial constraints I could not complete my senior high school education. I could not just sit at home, so I went to Master Musah to learn how to carve. He was willing to help me, realizing I was serious. He took me through the basics and also taught me how to design wood.I was more interested in designing than in carving. I think it had to do with my innate abilities. I would come out with beautiful designs, and now when I carve, the design just comes to mind and I translate it on the item. I worked with Master Musah for about five years. He considers me as a son and likewise I took him as a father. At a point in time I had to go and work on my own, and he freely gave his blessing. I am still in touch with him due to the relationship built during the time of training.I moved to start on my own at the Art Center in Accra. I also joined an NGO aimed at helping street children by learning a trade. I have taught several of these children how to carve. I was promoted to leader and to date we continue assisting children living on the streets. These children make a living out of the skills they learn, rather than walking the streets. It gives me joy to share my knowledge with other people. It is my dream to open a big workshop where I could train several people and also be able to craft larger quantities. I work with sese wood for my carved items.
Please allow 10 business days for the product to leave our warehouse and to receive tracking information. You should expect to receive this item within 15 business days.