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Ghana's Happiness Hand Carved West African Wood Wall Mask from Ghana

Ghana's Happiness Hand Carved West African Wood Wall Mask from Ghana

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-258697

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.

Luminous and bright, this West African mask by Saeed Musah of Ghana is a stunning addition to any home decor. The handsome wall mask is hand carved from wood and accented by aluminum details. The artisan names it Jama, which means 'Happiness' in the Ga language.

  • materials: Sese wood, aluminum
  • Intended as wall decor
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Features a rustic, rugged finish
8.75 in. H x 4.5 in. W x 2.2 in. D

Artisan Information

Saeed Musah

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I was born in Accra. My friends describe me as a hardworking, honest and creative person. I craft African masks and wood carvings.

During my school days, I sold paper bags to pay for my education because there was no money and I didn't want to drop out. I sold them throughout my years in school, which was a very difficult period. I'm happy I was able to overcome it.

"One funny moment was when I fell in love with a beautiful girl and I was afraid to tell her. One day, I sent a friend of mine to call her for me so I could tell her my feelings. When she came over to talk to me, I lost my nerve and told her my mother was calling her.

"I've enjoyed art since I was a child. I was very good at drawing and painting. After junior high school, I learned how to design and paint beads. Once I had learned, I then taught many others.

"Starting out on my own as an artisan was very hard because I didn't have any financial support. I carved the designs that came to mind and I realized people appreciated them. This encouraged me to keep going despite the challenges I was facing.

"I enjoy the uniqueness of my designs and how I translate an image onto a piece of wood. The most challenging aspect of my work is marketing my creations.

"I'm inspired by the master artisan who taught me this work. I use brass, aluminum, wood and recycled glass beads in my designs. The wood quality and its finish are the characteristics I seek.

"I've been able to train six people so far. My hope is to work hard and expand my workshop to train more people in my community."

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.

Shipping

United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.

Returns

All sales of this product are final -- we do not accept returns or issue replacements unless there is a defect with the product. Please review our Returns & Exchanges policy.

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