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Divine Akwadaa Nyame Hand Crafted African Sese Wood Mask by a Ghanaian Artisan

Divine Akwadaa Nyame Hand Crafted African Sese Wood Mask by a Ghanaian Artisan

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-285935

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

Ghana's Emmanuel Opoku Asante carves this mask by hand of sese wood, hanging from the wall to bring a touch of African culture to any home. He paints the mask with colors of mahogany and beige, naming it Akwadaa Nyame, an Akan phrase meanings 'small god.'

  • materials: Sese wood
  • Intended as wall decor
  • Features a rustic, rugged finish
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
10.25 in. H x 7.75 in. W x 3.9 in. D

Artisan Information

Emmanuel Opoku Asante

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I was born on April 27, 1963 at Nkranza in the Central region of Ghana. I am a jovial and hardworking person.

I specialize in antiqued and shining art. I started craft work at a youthful age and was taught by Master Peter Ampah, of blessed memories, at Mataheko in Accra. I am very good at drawing and so, when I see objects carved out of wood, I am attracted to them. I realized I could use my skill in drawing to come up with exciting designs that could be carved out of wood.

"So far, I have been able to teach eight people who are using the skill acquired to earn a living. I am currently working with my two brothers as assistants.

"I use sese wood, ebony wood and paint, which are very easy to work with. The favorite thing about my art is the finishing, where I take my time to give each item a very beautiful finish. Working with these sharp tools can be dangerous, and that is what I find challenging.

"I get my inspiration from my workers, when I see the joy with which they approach their work, and from the compliments I receive from customers on our designs.

"To be able to master this art, it takes obedience to learn, to focus and be alert anytime you are working. It also takes constant practice.

"I cut wood from the forest to get materials. My local communities derive firewood from the scrap wood at my workplace, and some of the community people are also given temporal jobs at my workshop.

"My hopes and dreams are to become an international exporter and a famous person in my locality."

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.


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