"The difficult aspect of it was that I had to go to the forest to get the wood I needed and carve the pieces there in the forest, before sending them to the workshop to finish them."
"I am a wood carver. I am a quiet person and easy to approach person. Victor Addo Biney is my name, and I was born on the 4th of October 1973 in Accra, Ghana.
"I learnt the art of carving from my uncle, Mr. Nortey Yeboah. I had to stay with my uncle after my parents separated and he put me through school from the resources of his carving business. I used to sit in his workshop and watch him carve. It was fascinating to see how a log of wood could be used to create beautiful objects. This I believe initiated the desire in me to know and learn more about this art.
"After junior high school, I was working on my carving with him in the workshop to improve on my skills and by the time I had moved on to senior high, I had become a master carver. The interest I had derived from carving motivated me to pursue visual arts in senior high school.
"It was difficult for my uncle to pay my senior school fees so I had to start selling the items I was carving to pay my fees and the books I needed. I had to work hard because that was the guarantee for my continuance at school. Due to the fact that I was good at what I did, I used to get some exporters giving me some of their works to produce for them. I earned good income from such contracts.
"The difficult aspect of it was that I had to go to the forest to get the wood I needed and carve the pieces there in the forest, before sending them to the workshop to finish them. What helped me through those difficult moments was the reward for the hard work.
"On completion of senior high school, I built a workshop and continued with my carving venture. My workshop was strategically situated in an area where tourists could stop by to observe us carve and so pick up some of the items we had on display.
"I have trained several people and continue to train others. I also train students in second and third grade in senior school who visit the workshop for assistance with their course work and more. I have trained 25 of them so far.
"I am the president of the Aburi craft village which comprises of 250 artisans. 60% of them are carvers while 40% are retailers and finishers.
"My hopes, plans and dreams are to expand my workshop. My source of inspiration comes from God."
Bright colors distinguish this jovial personage, immortalized as a mask. Designed by Rita Addo Zakour, the piece is carved by hand from native sese wood and richly embellished with embossed aluminum. Its style comes from the Dan people of Cote d'Ivoire....read more
By Kobina Asmah,this beautiful mask depicts a beloved African queen of the Baule people. "This is the queen mother Aura Poka. Because of dissension in the Ashanti kingdom, she moved her people to present day Ivory Coast," the artisan explains. Carved....read more
Carved by hand of sese wood, this mask honors the beliefs and customs of the Dan community, who live in Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Salihu Ibrahim decorates the expressive mask with jute braids and beard. Believed to depict the spirit of darkness, the....read more
With narrowed eyes and clenched teeth, this horned mask is bold and menacing. Sinclair Yao Daley carves an image from the Senufo people of Cote d'Ivoire. "Senufo masks are used in the rites of the Poro society," he says. "This is a male organization....read more
COLLECTIONS FEATURING Ivory Coast Masks
Ivory Coast Masks
Shop among the dozens of handpicked Ivory Coast Masks and let your wall art speak for itself. Each African mask tells a unique story of its own, bringing lively energy and cultural dimension to any room or office space. Browse through an array of unusual and imaginative expressions on the faces of these West African masks to find the one that appeals to your personal sense of style. Should your time exploring this particular collection of tribal masks inspire interest beyond the Ivory Coast variety, we hope you continue to view African masks from other areas as well.
We pack, ship, certify and 100% guarantee the quality of this item. Watch this video to see how.
This item is available for backorder and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Artists love to get backorders. Placing a backorder ensures that the artisan will do their best to create and deliver your item to our local office for shipment.
Although we cannot guarantee availability, we do expect to be able to fill the order within the timeframe indicated. But sometimes life happens - special materials may not be immediately available to the artist, or there might be some other circumstance beyond our control that could delay the shipment.
If for any reason we are unable to ship the item within the timeframe indicated, we will notify you.
This item has a special shipping flat fee which means that due to bulk, duties, or other special requirements, the item will be shipped to you via one of our special one-rate services. Shipping is only available to the United States (lower 48 States only).
Many of our gift items come with free gift packaging. Check the product detail page to see if this applies to your item. Each region has it's own flavor of gift wrap, using motifs or materials specific to the country they are from.
Every jewelry item comes with a free gift pouch, each with a unique regional twist.