Hand-carved wood masks and sculptures in West Africa
"I realized I could do much better things with my life, so I decided to go into arts…."Latest Update
"I have been creating art for many years. I progressed from a carver and finisher to adding metal work and making drums. I love to sketch, so I create my own designs. Sometimes through dreams I get ideas or inspiration. I learned a great lesson in life, that is not to depend on anyone, and to be disciplined, which has helped my personal life.
"I take care of my nephew and niece, because my elder sister passed on. I used to own a cocoa farm in the Central region. I learned how to farm from my grandmother, who was also a farmer. After the trees on the farm are grown, there isn't much to do except when they yield twice a year. I needed extra resources to help support my nephew and niece, and this led me to go into art. I realized not a lot of people were into carving, so I decided to buy carving tools and started with sanding and polishing.
"My major challenge is the ability to meet timelines but, frankly speaking, you have been very helpful in promoting my art and I have made up my mind to focus all my attention on you to give you my utmost best.”
Original Artisan Story
"I was born on February 16, 1951 at Aburi-Akwapim. I attended the Methodist Primary School, also at Aburi, and then furthered my studies up at the Nsawam LA Middle School in 1965. I then enrolled at the Accra Workers College in 1972 for six years of commerce, accounting, economics, geography, and other general arts.
"Before then I was working with the Ghana Standard Chartered Bank as a messenger. But I realized I could do much better things with my life so, in 1981, I decided to go into the arts, especially carving. I didn't really undergo any actual training, but started carving bit by bit and sometimes sought help from my other colleagues. I sometimes served as a helping hand to some of my colleagues when they had a heavy workload upon them. Through this, my interest in arts — and especially carving — was generated. However, through this minor assistance that I received, I became very skilled in carving. I then decided to settle for full-time carving and depend solely on my own ideas to carve.
"I have three men whom I'm currently training, and sometimes I have workers I pay on a part time basis."
17 items by Samuel Okyere
Denkyira War Song
African wood mask
Denkyira War Song, African wood mask
Samuel OkyereIncised in sese wood, parallel lines give a modern look to this African mask by Samuel Okyere. The face is covered in richly embossed aluminum. Named Asafo — "Warrior" in the Twi language of...$114.99
Hand Carved and Painted Kissing Giraffes Wood Sculpture
Kissing Giraffes, Hand Carved and Painted Kissing Giraffes Wood Sculpture
Samuel OkyereThis charming sculpture is the work of Ghana's Samuel Okyere. Romance blossoms as a pair of giraffes nuzzles each other sweetly. The statuette is carved by hand from native sese wood and painted in...$179.99
African Wood Mask Hand Crafted by Ghanaian Artisan
Akwasi, African Wood Mask Hand Crafted by Ghanaian Artisan
Samuel OkyereThis impressive mask is designed and carved by hand by Ghana's Samuel Okyere. The elongated face is carved with various designs and accented with embossed aluminum plates. The artisan names his...$139.99
Gye Nyame Power
African Wood and Aluminum Mask with Adinkra Symbol
Gye Nyame Power, African Wood and Aluminum Mask with Adinkra Symbol
Samuel OkyereSamuel Okyere creates the original design of this mask in honor of tradition. The Ghanaian artisan carves the sese wood mask by hand, expertly giving it a serene expression. Embossed aluminum adorns...$99.99
Ode to a King
Hand Carved Wood and Aluminum African Mask
Ode to a King, Hand Carved Wood and Aluminum African Mask
Samuel OkyereThis venerable African mask is designed and crafted by Ghana's Samuel Okyere. The artisan carves the regal visage by hand from native sese wood, and details the face with embossed aluminum plates. The...$129.99
Hand Carved Osese Wood African Mask
Medoba, Hand Carved Osese Wood African Mask
Samuel OkyereThis beautifully designed and fully hand made African mask, Medoba, meaning "my dearest child" in the Akan language, comes from West African artisan Samuel Okyere. A piece of sese wood is...$149.99
Spirit of the Antelope
African Wood Mask
Spirit of the Antelope, African Wood Mask
Samuel Okyere"The Asafo clan of the Akan tribe in Eastern Ghana wear this mask to ward off evil spirits," Samuel Okyere says. "It is used during their annual Odwira festival." Carved by hand...$117.99
Handmade Ghanaian Vintage Style African Mask
Elderly Gentleman, Handmade Ghanaian Vintage Style African Mask
Samuel OkyereProud features reveal a hint of weariness, but this handsome gentleman conveys dignity and wisdom. Carved by hand from sese wood, this elegant mask is the work of Samuel Okyere. He achieves rich...$124.99
Hand Carved African Mask from Mali
Bambara, Hand Carved African Mask from Mali
Samuel OkyereA winged figure with horns sits atop this handsome Bambara mask. Her swollen abdomen alludes to pregnancy, and hence, to fertility. The Bambara live in the region around Bamako, the capital of Mali....$134.99
Hand Made Wood Candleholder Face from Ghana
Stoic Face, Hand Made Wood Candleholder Face from Ghana
Samuel OkyereWorking to train more artisans in his area, Ghanaian artisan Samuel Okyere proudly presents his own designs in this candleholder. Hand-carved from local sese wood, it features seven holes for candles...$159.99
Hand-Carved Sese Wood African Mask and Comb Wall Art
Comb Majesty, Hand-Carved Sese Wood African Mask and Comb Wall Art
Samuel OkyereGhanaian designer Samuel Okyere combines the traditional symbols of the comb and the mask to create this stunning wall sculpture. The artist draws inspiration from traditional combs that were crafted...$159.99
Authentic Handcrafted African Djembe Drum with Kente Cloth
Joyous Beat, Authentic Handcrafted African Djembe Drum with Kente Cloth
Samuel OkyereThe colors of Africa appear in bright beads and hand-loomed kente cloth, conferring an extraordinary beauty to this djembe. Samuel Okyere carves the base from tweneboa wood. He names the design...
Handmade Ghanaian Multicolor Tweneboa Wood Djembe Drum
Ahoto, Handmade Ghanaian Multicolor Tweneboa Wood Djembe Drum
Samuel OkyereFrom Ghanaian artisan Samuel Okyere comes this eye-catching, multicolored djembe drum. Hand crafted out of tweneboa wood, the drum is decorated around the middle with colorful cotton fabric and...$374.99
Hand Carved Wood Dogon Style Door Wall Art
Dogon Luck, Hand Carved Wood Dogon Style Door Wall Art
Samuel OkyereThe Dogon peoples of Mali are well known for their creation of doors, which can have several purposes. In addition to its practical use as a closure for a granary, such a door might also be given as...$167.99
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