Born on April 4, 1978 in the eastern Region of Ghana, Eric Darko graduated from the secondary technical school in 1999. During school vacations, he frequently visited his brother, for whom he ran errands. Darko took the opportunity to study carving from his brother, learning from his talents.
Right after school he went straight into traditional woodcarving. Initially, business was slow, hindered both by the lack of financial resources and inability to procure quality materials. With help from his family, especially his brother, Darko's enterprise has since been growing tremendously.
Darko is currently operating a workshop in the town where he grew up and where he has been carving seriously to date. Sese, a common wood harvested in the Eastern Region of Ghana, is his primary material. Masks and profiles comprise the majority of his art. His inspiration comes naturally, although sometimes he carves based on his customers' ideas.
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.
Serenely beautiful, this mask by Nana Frimpong depicts an Ashanti woman warrior. "When Yaa Asantewaa led the Ashanti's fin battle, she used this mask to protect herself. The horns signify her seriousness during the war," the master carver says. He works....read more
Robert Nortey is inspired by the customs and beliefs of Ghana’s Ashanti people for the design of this original mask. He carves the sese wood mask by hand featuring painted details. Magnificently detailed embossed aluminum represent the Ashanti's traditional....read more
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
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