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Ghanaian wood mask, 'Harvest Dance'

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Robert Nortey celebrates the customs of the Dagomba people with this bright sese wood mask. Originating from northern Ghana, the Dagomba people wear this dance mask when consulting their gods for a good harvest. The dance is characterized by gaiety and gracefulness, where dignity exudes from controlled movements. Nortey carves the mask by hand from sese wood and adorns it with an ornate brass plate. The Dagomba people refer to it as the "Bamaya" dance mask, meaning "Harvest." Made in West Africa.
  • 12.6" H x 5.9" W x 3.2" D
  • Weight: 1.7 lb
  • Sese wood and brass
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

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Artisan: Robert Nortey

Artisan Robert Nortey

Initially, Robert worked with a large aluminum company. However, over the course of time, he joined his brother, Nii Noi Nortey, as a collector of antiques, as well as an imaginative creator of new carvings.

After four years of working together, Nortey left to start a workshop of his own. Presently, he works along with expert artists, all designers and carvers. Nortey currently focuses on the design aspect of the process.

The carvings are principally created in sese, nyame dua, tweneboah, and other quality woods. These are obtained from the eastern and central regions of Ghana. Says Nortey, who has been involved in this trade for the past twenty years, "I love my art and I hope to produce more interesting designs for my customers." He has participated in countless exhibitions, always achieving positive results.

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