"Africans adore carving, because it is filled with historic and spiritual significance."
"My name is Walter Kuma, and I was born in Ghana on October 22, 1981. I got interested in Ghanaian and African carvings when I was a child, because they have been an important art form for many generations. Africans adore carving, because it is filled with historic and spiritual significance. So when I finished middle school I chose to learn the trade, and I was apprenticed to Mr. Kofi Adjei.
"Now I have my own workshop, where I design and carve the things I like. I also have three young apprentices learning the trade. I carve different masks that represent the value of the family, unity and our ancestors. African masks have a strong social, ethnic, historic and symbolic meaning. I have not attended any exhibitions personally, but the people that have bought my work have exhibited in their galleries or take them to different African-theme exhibitions."
Carved by hand, this portrait shows Jesus on the cross to atone for the sins of the human race. George Obeng works in precious mahogany wood to create this reverent crucifix, a beautiful symbol of the Christian faith.
Hand-carved of African sese wood, her stylized contours are graceful and feminine. Beads adorn the body of this beautiful fertility doll by Emmanuel Opoku Asante, and she wears a red loincloth. Believed to assist a woman who wants to conceive a baby,....read more
Jesus tenderly carries a tiny lamb on his strong shoulders; the animal nestles close against his body. Bright Kofi Agbetey depicts Christ as the Good Shepherd, a metaphor taken from the gospel and prefigured in the Psalms in this handsome ebony wood....read more
Two by two, the animals wend their way toward Noah, who awaits them. Obediently, Noah follows God's instructions with no idea of how things will end. Bright Kofi Agbetey takes his inspiration from the Bible to narrate the story of Noah and the ark. Carved....read more
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