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Victor Yao Delanyo

Victor Yao Delanyo

Hand-carved wood masks in West Africa

"My works have been exhibited in the United States, as well as in Germany, Belgium, France and Australia."

"My name is Victor Yao Delanyo; I was born in January 28, 1966 in the Volta Region of Ghana. I completed my elementary... read more

"My name is Victor Yao Delanyo; I was born in January 28, 1966 in the Volta Region of Ghana. I completed my elementary school education in 1982. Due to financial difficulties I could not further my education, so I joined my brother-in-law who was a master carver, specializing in traditional African objects. I have been working independently for the past ten years and I am proud to mention that my works have been exhibited in the United States, as well as in Germany, Belgium, France and Australia.

"I work with ten experienced carvers. We acquire a type of hardwood known as sese for carving masks. The image is first sketched on paper, and then given to the apprentices to carve. We chip at the wood to get the desired figure or shape, then use sandpaper and polish to achieve a smooth object of good quality. I use red and black emulsion paint for the finishing. Other materials used to decorate and preserve our works are metal plates and sometimes clay."

7 items by Victor Yao Delanyo

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Norman

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01/04/2022

"Christmas Ornament Plus"

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The styles and sizes are perfect for my very cultural Christmas tree and decor. Arranged in a frame, they are excellent for year-round wall art display.

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Great art

Best Uses

  • Art display and Christmas decor

Purchased Item:

Festive Masks, Artisan Crafted Wood Christmas Ornaments (Set of 4)

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Dona

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07/16/2021

"Hanging on Our Wall"

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We have numerous home decorations we bought in several African countries while visiting them. The masks are just as authentic and go well beside other African objects. Terrific.

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Timothy

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07/07/2021

"Amazing"

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I have purchased five different groups of mask decorations from different African artists and this is undoubtedly my favorite group. They are so handsome and well done. I love the use of metal on two of them and they are all painted beautifully. Many Thanks to Victor and Novica! I definitely recommend Victors work - you wont be disappointed.

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Merle

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07/03/2021

"Truly Magnificent!"

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These will be my families heirloom to be admired though out future generations. You have shown your God giving gift from your skills, creativity, character, and integrity. Perfect without any flaws! Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship to me and the World. These are impressive, most impressive.

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Culture inheritance very special gifts pure and excellence in craftsmanship.

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  • Let your imagination run wild! These can be place anywhere

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Norman

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04/12/2021

"Unique Christmas Tree Ornaments"

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Very artistic designs and quality workmanship. Culturally significant for myself and my family.

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Dominique

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07/22/2020

"Amazing craftsmanship"

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So much detail on each ornament. Truly a unique ornament to be treasured forever.

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