"I love my art and I hope to produce more interesting designs..."
Robert Nortey was born in 1961 in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. He was educated at the Ghana National School in Cape Coast, where he finished in 1983. Initially, he worked with a large aluminum company. However, over the course of time, he joined his brother, Nii Noi Nortey, as a collector of antiques, as well as an imaginative creator of new carvings.
After four years of working together, Nortey left to start a workshop of his own. Presently, he works along with expert artists, all designers and carvers. Nortey currently focuses on the design aspect of the process.
The carvings are principally created in sese,nyame dua,tweneboah, and other quality woods. These are obtained from the eastern and central regions of Ghana. Says Nortey, who has been involved in this trade for the past twenty years, "I love my art and I hope to produce more interesting designs for my customers." He has participated in countless exhibitions, always achieving positive results.
This pair of Ashanti Sese wood masks, traditionally used in ancestral rites, depicts two striking male and female visages. The masks can either serve as an abode for the spirit of the deceased or as memorials to those who have passed on.
Mamma duck is followed closely by her ducklings in a mask designed to honor good mothers, or obaatanpa in the Twi dialect of the Akan people. Abdul Salami Amadu carves the sese wood mask by hand, embellishes it with clay textures and paints it....read more
Carved by hand, this authentic African mask revels in bright, bold colors. An adinkra symbol on the forehead conveys conventional wisdom; this one is named Fihankra, from the Ashanti word for "house or compound" and is a symbol of security....read more
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