African wood mask, "Ankonam"
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A colorful headdress crowns this powerful mask of Denkyira origin. From the Akan region of Ghana, the Denkyira were powerful people who continuously prevailed in inter-tribal wars. Ankoman is a mask that celebrates their victories and signifies that "You don't walk alone without your God." Samuel Okyere carves the sese wood horned mask by hand and decorates it with embossed aluminum plates and painted details. Clay is used to achieve an aged finish.
- 0.60 kgs
- 1.3 lbs
- 48 cm H x 15 cm W x 6 cm D
- 19" H x 6" W x 2.4" D
Samuel, a true veteran of his craft, started carving in 1966. He is always sharing his talents by teaching his traditional techniques to anyone, including the younger generation and even tourists.
Samuel pays currently for the education of four children. Two are his children and two are not from his own family. Samuel is a gracious person with a big heart, which can be seen through his desire to help and enabling education for those outside of his family.
Samuel Okyere has received 6 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $300 and the most recent for $400. Proceeds were used to buy raw materials for his masks and hire assistants.
Samuel supports four children. Two of them are not related to him, but he would still like to help and support them.