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Gye Nyame Vibrations Sese Wood African Gye Nyame Adinkra Mask from Ghana

Gye Nyame Vibrations Sese Wood African Gye Nyame Adinkra Mask from Ghana

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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.

The Adinkra symbol Gye Nyame, meaning 'except for God,' is realized in relief at the forehead of this African mask from Ghana. Theophilus Sackey designs the mask, carving it by hand of sese wood and painting it black and beige. Curving line motifs at the cheeks complete this piece of wall decor.

  • materials: Sese wood
  • Intended as wall decor
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
10.75 in. H x 3.9 in. W x 2.4 in. D

Artisan Information

Theophilus Sackey

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I am a calm, humble and quiet person who also loves arts and crafts. I was born on November 22, 1985 in a suburb of the Greater Accra region. When I was in primary school, I admired art and used to draw animals and images that I found.

After school, I'd stop by the workshop of Salihu Ibrahim (a Novica-featured artisan) to observe him and his workers as they carved different objects out of raw wood. They really caught my attention, and I visited the workshop daily. Realizing my interest, Salihu offered to train me. I was most interested, so learning the skill was not a difficult thing. Within a short time, I could finish the carved items. At a certain point in time, my parents could not afford to further my education so I decided to continue learning under Salihu and pursue a career in this field.

"I was first trained as a finisher, but Salihu did not want me to be handicapped in the business so he also trained me in the types of wood and what items they can be used to produce. To be sure I was taking my studies seriously, I was asked to pick up carved items from his carvers in a distant place.

"It was the first time I had gone there all by myself. Unfortunately, after I finished checking on all the carved items, it rained so heavily that no vehicle there was willing to move. I felt so uncomfortable sleeping there. I was really out of my comfort zone!

"When I finally returned home with the carvings, I narrated my story of what I had been through and Salihu burst out laughing. He told me this was all part of the things I needed to learn. The experienced I was faced with meant I needed to consider such delays when planning.

"I worked with Salihu for about seven years. I should have moved out of his workshop but I have not enough resources to start up on my own. I still work from his workshop producing my own carvings to sell, and hope to make enough money to be able to move out and set up on my own.

"What inspires me most is when people express appreciation for my designs. It is my dream to one day become the owner of a well-established art workshop and be able to employ many workers to reduce the alarming rate of unemployment in my country."

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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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