"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."
A single blossom crowns this beautiful woman, her portrait patiently coaxed from warm hibiscus wood. Smiling serenely, the youthful features represent a Balinese princess. The piece is graceful and symmetrical; it exemplifies the painstaking artistry....read more
By Ghana's Eric Danquah, this beautiful mask takes a circular shape of elegant symmetry. Silvery repoussé is a purifying presence while half closed eyes and an open mouth give it a lifelike look. Danquah names the mask Odo pa, an Akan word meaning....read more
Hand-carved by Salihu Ibrahim, a fierce personage shouts a rousing war cry. Hewn from sese wood, this rugged African mask comes from the Dan people who inhabit the mountainous regions of the Ivory Coast. It is thought to protect warriors in battle.
With solemn dignity, he opens his mouth to speak. A soothsayer, his word carries great weight among the Dagomba people of northern Ghana. "Such masks are used by spiritualists to apprehend thieves who break into the homes of others," artisan Sefah Mohammed....read more
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