"I... decorate my works with brass and beads, making them unique."
"I was born in eastern Ghana on August 19, 1959. In secondary school, I studied business management and graduated in 1980. I worked for some time after school and then furthered my education by studying business for another two years. After my Advanced Level, I secured a job and worked for sometime and then stopped to find a vocation on my own due to job dissatisfaction. However, in the year 1984, I was introduced to the carving profession by my cousin who was a carver and also a professional teacher. He taught me how to carve for about a year and I had not much difficulty. I then started a full-time professional carving career late in 1985. I have been carving on my own ever since.
"I also learned how to decorate my works with brass and beads, making them unique. I paint them sometimes and I am most inspired at times by my works. They are different and attractive."
Speaking out, an elegant personage dispenses wise advice. Applications of richly embossed aluminum enhance this finely carved mask. Eric Danquah names it Adwene Pa which means "think only good thoughts" in the language of Ghana's Akan people.
Carved by hand, this exquisite mask by Abdul Aziz Mohamadu features gleaming brass and colorful beads. "Such masks are used by men of the Igbo tribe in Nigeria to express how they feel about a woman," he explains. "A husband may also give such a mask....read more
By Rita Addo Zakour, this imposing mask depicts Queen Idia, mother of Oba (king) Esigie who ruled Benin in the 16th century. The king is said to have worn the mask around his neck to drive away the forces of evil. The artisan names her hand-carved mask....read more
A sparrow and a gun are symbols of Kpengla, a king from Dahomey in Benin. Kpengla was able to free Dahomey from the Oyo Empire. The images appear on the forehead of this handcrafted African mask by Abdul Salami Amadu.
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