Wise MenHandcrafted Wood Christmas Ornaments (Set of 3)
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Long face: 6 cm H x 10 cm W x 3 cm D
Long face: 2.4" H x 3.9" W x 1.2" D
Round face: 9.5 cm H x 9.5 cm W x 3 cm D
Round face: 3.7" H x 3.7" W x 1.2" D
Flat face: 7 cm H x 10 cm W x 3 cm D
Flat face: 2.8" H x 3.9" W x 1.2" D
"The nicest part about my craft is seeing several carved works lying down in the workshop, I get excited to know they may all go to different places in the world."
Ghanaian brothers Emmanuel and Daniel Nyadedzor have been working with Novica for many years. "After completing a course in auto mechanics, getting a job was difficult and neither my parents nor I could afford the high cost of the machinery I would need to set up on my own," recalls Emmanuel.
"I struggled by doing menial jobs, but I managed to save part of the little earnings I made. After some years, I had enough money to buy a small piece of land and raise a wooden store, but I didn't know what to sell. I remember one day, while standing in the shop still contemplating on what to do, I saw a young man hawking and selling carved figures. I admired this art work and so I decided to find out from how he got such items. All along I thought such art works were imported, so I was amazed when I was told they were hand-carved by local artisans!
"I became curious and wanted to know more. I gathered information on where I could see people actually carve these items. I was thrilled at the way they transformed a log of wood could be used to create such interesting and beautiful items. I wanted to be able to do it too!
"I started buying the finished pieces to sell at my shop and I happened to meet a man whose skill was in designing masks. I befriended this man and so when I'd close the shop for the day, I would walk to his workshop and observe the way he designed, and decided to by raw masks for this man to finish them for my shop.
"However, we had a strong argument and I decided I was going to design the mask all by myself. I went to the market the following day to get the raw materials I saw the friend use, and then came to try it out myself. My background in auto mechanics became very useful at this point because of my knowledge in cutting and designing of metals. I employed this skill, as well as the skill I learned from my father who was a blacksmith. My first attempt at designing a mask was appreciated by customers and this encouraged me to continue. With constant practice I entered the world of art.
"Since then, I have taught about 10 people how to design art pieces. Four of the people of them stayed on and the others have set up their own business.
"My source of inspiration has been through dreams about me carving a particular design, so when I wake up I immediately put the design on paper in order not to lose the idea.
"The nicest part about my craft is seeing several carved works lying down in the workshop, I get excited to know they may all go to different places in the world. But the most challenging part of it is trying to get a finished piece dry during the raining season.
"My dream is to expand my workshop, including building a place for my team to be able to rest."
Although initially working together, Daniel is no longer working with Emmanuel.
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Dear Daniel, is their a story behind the mask that i orderd, i was thrilled to recieve it! The beauty of it!!!!!! can i get somthing on the mask, that tells about the meaning of it? I cant read african! LOL . SIKA MASK, WHAT DOES SIKA MEAN? I will order from you again! thanks soo much! patricia hartwell
Hi Daniel: I was so bowled over by the OWO Snake Mask that arrived today that I just had to get online and express my excitement! What a great, lively, expressive mask! The web site cannot give a true appreciation for the visual impact created by its imposing size, and the impressive carving, color and metal detailing! Wow! It is indeed larger than I expected, but this is not a problem. I love it! I also want to comment on the ""Kweke"" received earlier this summer. This mask is also excellent, though very different in character from the OWO. It creates a pensive, reflective mood in the room. I do like the antique finish and it looks great on display. Thanks for a couple of terrific additions to my collection! Sincerely, Lori
Upon receiving the set of Ohia Nnye combs I purchased from Mr. Nyadedzor, I was impressed by the wonderful craftsmanship and the fine detail and colors. I have purchased a mask from Mr. Nyadedzor in the past, and I think he is a gifted artisan. It is wonderful to learn of the Ashanti culture through these relevant and beautifully crafted items.
I was extremely pleased with my purchase of seven of Daniel's decorative masks. What I liked most was the ""old, weathered"" look of the masks. It gave them much more character than masks with shiny polished finishes. I also liked that there were upto eight masks of similar size and style. This meant that they were very easy to co-ordinate with most surrounding decors. The quality of the actual craftsmanship was exceptional - both in the detail and the sturdiness. On the strength of my purchases, I would have no hesitation in recommending Daniel's work. Thanks Daniel, and best wishes for the future. On an additional point, I was also very impressed with the speed and security of Novica's shipping. It's great to find such a professional and ethically aware service.
Dear Daniel. Today I received the ""African Beauty"" accent table - and it truly is beautiful. The craftsmenship is outstanding, and I know that I will enjoy the table for many years to come. I was also extraordinarily impressed by how fast the order came and how well the table was packaged. Thank you very much for sharing your talent and detail for customer service.
Hi Daniel, I just received the Kweke mask I ordered. I was so impressed with the quality and detail I had to let you know. I will definitely order from you again. Thanks so much for a quality product that is worth the money.
The Cocoa mask was my first purchase from Novica and my first authentic African art. I am enjoying it so much. My only problem is where to display it for the best presentation. I wish I had gotten 2 now. Well, maybe in the near future. Thank you Novica for giving us a passport to the world and Mr. Nyadedzor I am loving my purchase. I wanted more information on the process of creating the Cocoa mask. Thank you,
I had purchased this wonderful mask to give as a gift, but after unwrapping (it was especially nicely wrapped) my new acquisition, I decided to keep it for myself. I don't have any other pieces that would ""go with"" this mask, but I have found a special place to display it in my home and look forward to adding to this piece. Daniel has found a winning recipe for his wooden artifacts and I will be watching for similar items.
I just received my Zomukyi mask, and what a pleasure it is to look at!!! The carving is wonderful, and the colors are subtle and rich at the same time. Daniel is a gifted artist. Since Zomuki translates to ""come and eat"" in English, I am hanging the mask in my dining room for the enjoyment of my family and friends (and myself) when we are dining. Thank you, Daniel, for sharing your beautiful work with the rest of the world. I wish you, your brother and the rest of your staff much success and happiness in the future.
I love Daniel Nyadedzor work - I already own 6 of his pieces! The beauty and detail are why I keep coming back to this extraordinary artist. Thank you the pleasure of gracing my home with your creations.
Clarksdale, MS, USA
I ordered the large mask with the man smoking a pipe for my husband. We both love it! The metal work is unique and the face seems to follow us around the room. A very nice piece, very well made!
Truly beautiful works of art - I've purchased his products a few times and will do so again. You won't go wrong here!
I've now ordered three delightful masks made by Daniel. They're beautifully made and arrived within a couple of days of ordering. I have a feeling these won't be the last orders I make either of Daniel's work or at Novica!
I am delighted with my Sweetheart statuette - the workmanship is lovely and I am sure that she will soon have lots of friends! Thank you.
Harrisburg, PA, USA
I just received the mask, Zomukyi, and it's wonderful. I love the finish and the expression. Because it means, come eat, I hung the mask in my dining room. Great addition. Thank you.
I just recieved ""Wise and prudent"" it is a lovely mask the workmanship is great.
I knew the mask I ordered was going to be beautiful but, I never expected it to be this gorgeous! The craftsmanship is simply stunning. Thank you so much for wonderful service- all around.
A beautifully crafted mask. It is outstanding and beautiful. I'm very proud to be it's owner. Thank you.
Dear Daniel, we were thrilled to receive our masks today. We love your work and only wish we had a bigger budget!!!! thanks, Les & Janet
i have just received my order, it only took 7 days,very quick ! it is wonderfull, thank you very much i will order again, very happy with service and with the product once again thank you
i couldn't wait until i get my masks and a statue. three of them are made by Daniel Nyadedzor. and i finally got them... to say i like them it's like to say nothing! brilliant work, they're so beautiful! when i ordered them my husband was like ""oh don't tell me you want this all on the walls..."" but once he saw them, he started to check where we can hang them in the house!
I have received your fertility doll, it was so beutiful, you have a real talent and I also believe you have supernatural abilitys. I believe I will have a baby and I will name her Charity Ann Louise Mattingly - the name you give your child is sacred and they will carry it with them forever. Charity means there should be more charity in the world today, more giving, and Ann means angel in the bible - Louise is my mothers middle name, also Mattingly is my dear husbands last name wich I am very proud to carry. your friend for life - Leeann Mattingly and GOD BLESS.
Hi Daniel, I just recieved the Togbe walking stick, I ordered for my father in law. I believe he will love it. I sure do. Is there a story behind the design choice? Thank you!
Bless Hard Work is beautiful! The craftmanship leaves me speechless. I enjoy holding it and moving my fingers over it. You are so fortunate to have discovered such a worthy talent. Continue to explore the power that you possess. You are very, very good! THANK YOU for such a beautiful gift in life.
I have 3 of Daniel Nyadedzor's works of art. I have the Zomukyi mask, Wise & Prudent, and the My Child masks, and I love them very dearly. My family loves them also. When you look at his masks, you can sense the love, time and effort that he puts into his craftmanship. His masks are very detailed and defined. I love his work, and will continue to purchase his art. Truly blessed.
London, Ontario, Canada
Hello, I would just like to say personally this carving, 'Blessing', means more then it could ever possibly mean in a gallery, this has significant meaning because my daughter is half Ghanaian and she is my blessing. Her Father is in Ghana right now and I plan to visit there in January, I love the workmanship and the time that has gone into this carving. Please keep making beautiful pieces of art as I will most definitely continue to buy, I want to let my daughter see where she comes from and what the meaning to be Ghanaian comes from. Thank you Daniel, this art will be hung ever so proudly in my home along with many others I intend to buy.....thank you, your work is very appreciated
London, Ontario, Canada
I have once again bought from Mr. Daniel Nyadedzor.....and words cannot justify how pleased I am with his work! Both carvings, Blessing and Good Service, are hung in my living room with pride. I cant even count how many compliments I have received about 'Blessing' and how many more will come. Please keep up the amazing work Mr. Nyadedzor as I will keep on buying from you. Thank you from Canada
Dear Daniel, The statues are beautiful! Thank you for shipping them so quickly to NY. Meso me da wase paa! Happy New Year! Shelly.
I purchased one of Mr. Nyadedzor's ""Sweetheart"" fertililty dolls as an anniversary present. The picture on the website didn't do justice to the beautiful quality and craftsmanship.
Thank you for creating such a great piece. When I look at the mask I feel its strength and beauty.
Daniel i am so excited about the serene protection mask i ordered i cant wait to receive it. THANK YOU and other artists for making it possible to purchase these items online...MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR WORK....ALSO I HAVE MASKS THAT I AM NOT FAMILAR WITH AND WOULD LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR NAMES AND MEANINGS.....ELMA SANDERS
Startown, North Carolina, USA
Today I received the mask ""Gods Protection"" and I literally had tears in my eyes. Words cannot describe the feeling of holding such a beautiful work of art in my hands. I am greatly looking forward to more of Mr. Nyadedzor's work and I wish to thank him as well for allowing me the opportunity to own such a treasure. Many blessings and many thanks!!
Mays Landing/ New Jersey/ USA
E Kaaa-Ro, I just received my Transformation table and it is beautiful! I thank you so much for your hard work in creating such a treasure. E Se. E Se O. Clif
Syracuse, New York, United States
Today I received the ""Brilliant Mind"" mask from Mr. Nyadedzor. I was surprised by how quickly I received this beautiful piece. When I took the mask out of the box, I was immediately struck by the finish. I have a large antique African mask collection and this is my first ""new"" one. Mr. Nyadedzor's attention to detail in both the metal work and color-finish accentuates the beauty of this mask. I am proud to own one of your works. Knowing the provenance of the mask is wonderful, and I hope you continue to create beautiful art for the world to buy. Thank you.
Today I receive elephant mask from Ghana's Ewe people and I love it!!!!!! I am gonna hang it by the window just like on the picture and next month I am going to buy another mask just like this one.....Thanks again and keep it up with such a good work. xoxo Karolina.
I have been waiting for the mask I ordered called ""Success"" with great anticipation! It arrived today and I must tell you that I am ABSOLUTELY THRILLED with it! It is exquisite! The detail is wonderful and it is a fine beginning to a collection of African masks! Daniel is a wonderful, talented artist; I would order more from him! Also, the service at Novica was beyond expectations; I was kept up to date on the progress of shipment and it arrived in beautiful condition. Thank you Novica and thank you Daniel!
Los Angeles, California, USA
Hello Daniel - Greetings from Los Angeles. I just received in the mail ""My Child"" and I am thrilled with it. I particularly like the carving of the child on the forehead as it reminds me of my son, who is away at college right now. Keep up the good work and thank you.
I have just received my folding table, ""Transformations,"" and absolutely adore it. It has a simple, rustic beauty but the carvings and subtle brass inlays make it unique. It is perfect for my summer cottage. Thank you.
Davidson, North Carolina, USA
I love my horse head sculpture. I have it on display in our dining room that has traditional equestrian artwork. It is a nice contrast and accent to an otherwise formal, English room. Thank you, Daniel, for sharing your talent around the world and adding beauty to our home.
Dear Emmanuel, this is my first purchase at NOVICA. I'm very exited and happy, first because the entire transaction has been smooth and super fast. DHL came yesterday, I felt sad because I wasn't home so I have to wait one more day and surprised at the same time because it was a super fast shipping. As I stated in the dedication for my mask, it is a present for my daughter first wedding anniversary, I haven't seen it, it is so beautifull wrapped that I'm going to give it to her like that and we both will enjoy that moment together. I promise that I'm going to write to you after that. I just want to say thank you and wish you succes and happines. Many blessings! Lenda
I received your Ashanti wooden combs today sir! They are exquisite and very unique! I am proud to show them off in my home! Thank you so very much!
Emmanuel, I recently purchased 2 ""In Perfect Shape"" mirrors. They are beautiful and "" perfect"" for the space I had chosen for them. Thank you so very much...I am honored to have them in my home! God bless you, my gratitude...Rose from Indiana
I ordered the ""Jumbo Task & Elephant Effort Masks. There both ""Exquisite"". I have received so many compliments in regards to these two items. The craftsmanship is top notch in my book. I know I will order more items created by Emmanuel.... Thanks :) Sharon
Woodstock, Vermont. USA
I just received the Jumbo Task carving and I love it. I love the artistry, I love the colors. I hope I can do it justice. Thank you, Deb
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