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Walter Kuma

Walter Kuma

Hand carved African masks in West Africa

"Africans adore carving, because it is filled with historic and spiritual significance."

Update (August, 2019) “I joined NOVICA 15 years ago, when my first sale was less than three dollars. Through NOVICA, I... read more

Update (August, 2019)

“I joined NOVICA 15 years ago, when my first sale was less than three dollars. Through NOVICA, I have been able to acquire a shop, but before I used to sell along the roadside. In the beginning, carrying the works all the way from Aburi to Accra was hectic, but with time I got used to it because of the help NOVICA was offering by listing our products.

My sales and production of wood works have improved; I now produce higher-quality work. Some challenges I have encountered were with the means of transportation; in the process of getting my works to the local office, some of my pieces would get damaged due to mishandling.

“My aim is to create more works for NOVICA.”

Original Artisan Story

"My name is Walter Kuma, and I was born in Ghana on October 22, 1981. I got interested in Ghanaian and African carvings when I was a child, because they have been an important art form for many generations. Africans adore carving, because it is filled with historic and spiritual significance. So when I finished middle school I chose to learn the trade, and I was apprenticed to Mr. Kofi Adjei.

"Now I have my own workshop, where I design and carve the things I like. I also have three young apprentices learning the trade. I carve different masks that represent the value of the family, unity and our ancestors. African masks have a strong social, ethnic, historic and symbolic meaning. I have not attended any exhibitions personally, but the people that have bought my work have exhibited in their galleries or take them to different African-theme exhibitions."

37 items by Walter Kuma

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Igor

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02/22/2021

"Beatiful mask"

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Another amazing mask I am enjoying for many years

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Igor

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11/12/2020

"Amazing quality."

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I am enjoying this beautiful mask for years

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LB

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11/01/2020

"Unity Mask"

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Very original design.

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Guest

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07/30/2018

"Beautifully crafted"

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I got two of these to decorate a wall in my home. They are well crafted and lovely to look at each day. They make me happy when I see them.

Best Uses

  • Wall decoration

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Cheryll-Anne

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06/02/2018

"Just what i wanted"

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This is my 6th mask from Novica.com and just like the others, I am extremely happy with this item. I chose this one to compliment another on an accent wall across from my kitchen. I love the burgundy/red color and markings on this mask and I appreciate the artists for what they do.

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Spenser

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03/08/2018

"This mask is amazing"

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I am in love with this mask. Its a little larger than I expected (which is a good thing). Its beautiful and so detailed. Its a powerful presence as soon as you walk into my living area and see it in the middle of the wall. The coloring is perfect, the detail is impressive... I couldnt be more satisfied.

Purchased Item:

Ofutufuor, The Adviser African Wood Mask with Antique Finish

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