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Ebony statuette, "Working Woman"

byGeorge Obeng: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (31)
A sculpted tribute to the African woman and her struggles, this work by George... more

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A sculpted tribute to the African woman and her struggles, this work by George Obeng hypnotizes with its details, emerging subtly from the coffee tone of ebony wood. The impact of the statuette touches the heart powerfully, her frail features proudly carrying a basket on her head and baby on her back as she leads her older child along the path of her daily rituals. Her frame is only a carriage, as she resiliently performs her duties of lessening the burdens of fellow human beings. Offer sensitivity to any setting with this piece.

Obeng voices his social and human concerns through his art, as it serves as a vehicle to express his profound concern for injustice and poverty. His work has been exhibited across the world, testifying to the universal resonance of his themes.

Because of the nature of ebony wood there often exist marked tonal variations, such as the tan discoloration at the base, adding to the attraction of the carving. A wax finish further highlights the grain's beauty.

  • 1.00 kgs
  • 2.2 lbs
  • 37 cm H x 7 cm W x 9 cm D
  • 14.5" H x 2.8" W x 3.5" D

  • Ebony wood
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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02/01/2020

"A bit disapointed"

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I would have thought that the detail on an item of this value would have been there. The items in the basket by just scoring diagonally not individually carved as pictured.The walking child faces outward at the side of the mother not facing forward in motion with her as pictured which impacts how the piece is presented. One of the mothers ears is made by a relatively deep hole. It feels as though this piece was rushed.

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Working Woman, Ebony statuette

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From Pennsylvania

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09/24/2019

"Elegant depiction of a working woman"

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This statue is beautifully detailed. Graceful lines and textures are evident. Unique design with the child and baby along with the woman.

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Ann

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04/10/2021

"Beautiful piece of art"

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Beautiful elephant statue; Many thanks to the artist and to NOVICA!

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Proud African Elephant, Realistic Hand Carved Ebony Elephant Sculpture from Africa

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10/01/2020

"Beautiful craftsmanship"

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These bambara antelope are beautifully carved and have a special place in my home.

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From Austin/Texas/USA

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08/16/2020

"The carver shows great skill with wood."

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Even though the artist is very skilled, his lack of reference to the shape of the ears on a lion led him to carve very pointed ones. Lions ears are broad and rounded. This took away from the effort to make these bookends look like lions. Also, the heads were too narrow for lions. Despite that the carvings are beautifully done, nicely stained, and will serve their purpose.

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  • Hold books

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From Torrance, California

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01/30/2020

"Plaited Hair Mahogany Bust So Very Beautiful!"

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The exquisite detail is so Beautiful and the mahogany has a high polish. I have it displayed on a dark wood base which really complements it as it is displayed under a floor lamp in a corner of my dining room. I have several pieces of sculpture by Mr. Obeng and I Love them all but this one is my favorite.

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Plaited Hair, Mahogany Wood Bust Sculpture of a Woman with Braided Hair

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Through NOVICA sales, George has been able to pay for his children's education and watch them grow up to become successful in their careers. Although he no longer needs to support his children, he still provides for his granddaughter and his wife. Every order makes an impact on Georges' life because it helps him care for his sweetheart as she recovers from her stroke.

George creates all of his works with the mission to preserve, promote, and develop. His desire to preserve can be seen through the locally sourced wood he uses and his apprenticeships where he teaches traditional techniques and assist carvers in learning new skills. He promotes and develops his designs through his incorporation of ancient symbols and storytelling into more modern carvings. He hopes his success and designs encourage future generations to practice carving and learn about their ancestors.

George was one of NOVICA's first artists in West Africa. Although a sustainable income is important to George, his main goal is to share his gift with the world. He sees the sales as a form of appreciation to this gift. In George's view, the appreciation from his art has been growing every year as he sells more and more of his African wood carvings.

In 1981, George's wife had two ectopic pregnancies. They survived financially with the help of George's income from NOVICA and were able to recover as a couple and a family. In 2018, George's wife suffered from a stroke and now the couple is using his NOVICA income to cover her medical bills as she recovers.

George has trained several people who are now able to support themselves and their families. George also hired two of his former apprentices to be his associates to enable him keep up with the volume of his orders.

George Obeng has received 3 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1000 and the most recent for $1000. Proceeds were used to purchase new tools and equipment for his workshop.

George has received the "Sculpture of the Year" award from Leisure Arts and Entertainment and received 2nd and 3rd place in the National Arts Contest.

This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

George's work was featured in the newspaper Spectator on April 12, 1986.

 
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