Handmade Obianuju African Wood Beaded Mask (Ghana)

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Handmade Obianuju African Wood Beaded Mask (Ghana)

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Obianuju is an original mask of extraordinary handcrafted artistry by Victoria Agyepomaa. Meaning "one that comes in time of fullness" in the Igbo dialect, the Obianuju mask is carved of sese wood and lavishly decorated with embossed brass and glistening recycled glass beads.

Product Features -
Weight - 5.21 lbs
Dimension - 20.75" H x 9" W x 4.3" D
Color - Multicolor
Material - Sese wood, brass and recycled glass beads
Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
Made in Ghana

Story Behind The Art -
I am Victoria, a caring and an honest person who specializes in handcrafted arts. I live in the eastern region of Ghana where there is a vast land and each person is allowed to cultivate it. I started in this field in 2004 by selling calabash at the art center. My mum planted the gourds and I learned how to grow and prepare the calabashes.I have been determined in life right from childhood. I did not receive much school education, but I don't allow that to limit me in life. I was later sent to live with my aunt in Accra and I brought calabashes to sell. I had a customer who ordered a lot of the calabashes to make kora guitars and this helped me to save.I was focusing in lazy chairs and calabashes only. I got interested in crafts because I fell in love with the art and craft work when I realized how different items are made and the various designs we can come up with. I observed how artisans carved beautiful objects from wood and I learned. I did the painting and finishing.Abdul Aziz, a Novica featured artist, taught me how to finish my work and now I have two apprentices. I had to be respectful and listen attentively to my teacher to help me learn fast. I use paints that are lead free but are somehow difficult to come by. I find it challenging when I craft new items that require new materials.I get my inspiration from African traditions, and I donate to the orphanage home in my local community.A difficult moment in my life was when I went to South Africa and was not able to make it there. But now I am happy I have found Novica. I have fun with my children because they make me laugh and I feel happy with the relationship we share.My dream is to grow my business to be able to take care of my children, and I also would like to participate in more exhibitions.
Country of Origin: Ghana

Specifications

Item #
30886415
Material
Wood
Season or Holiday
All Seasons
Color
Multi
Commercial
Yes
Product Features
Handmade
Worldstock
Worldstock
Model Number
254898

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