Hand-carved African masks in West Africa
"This skill of carving has been passed on for generations in my family. I was trained under the supervision of my father who was also a master carver and very well known in our region."Update (July, 2019)
"My name is Raymond Otchere, and I have been with this company called NOVICA for 20 years.
"I joined NOVICA initially as part of a group (with my brothers) until I later became a sole artisan. I am extremely skilled at what I do, therefore I had no issue with either my new products or replenishment.
"My main success that I can speak of is providing for my children with my sales from NOVICA. My children have had the best of educations, thanks to Novica. I have three children, and some of them are handling their own businesses and so on.
"As a way of passing down my skill, I have trained more than four artisans. All four of the artisans are doing well and now have their own shops. I have expanded greatly in scale. Now I have my own shop, and my goal is to create more unique items for both my shop and NOVICA."
Original Artisan Story
"I am a master woodcarver and create masks, profiles, figures and drums, among other crafts. My workshop is located in the hills of Aburi, a leafy and vibrant town in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This skill of carving has been passed on for generations in my family. I was trained under the supervision of my father who was also a master carver and very well known in our region.
"I have been a carver since I was almost 30, and this art has sustained my family for most of my life. Like my father, I am a respected craftsmen in my town and have taught a lot of young men over the years. Currently, I work with two apprentices who are happy to learn under my tutelage. My inspiration for designing and producing comes from within and from the beautiful things of nature that surround me.
"I am a family man with three children – two girls and a boy, and I hope to pass the skill on to my son someday just like my father did. I believe that my son should learn the skill even if he does not pursue it as a career, in order to pass the heritage on for generations to come."
25 items by Otchere Raymond
Handmade Wood Dolphin Statuette in Blue from Ghana
Blue Dolphin, Handmade Wood Dolphin Statuette in Blue from Ghana
Otchere RaymondHand-carved from sese wood and given a rustic blue finish, this dolphin will make a friendly addition to your home decor. Otchere Raymond of Ghana designs this statuette, which is carefully crafted by...$34.99
Hand Made Wood Aluminum African Mask from Ghana
Asuodom Pride, Hand Made Wood Aluminum African Mask from Ghana
Otchere RaymondStyled after a mask found near Ghana's Asuodom shrine, this African mask is full of character, truly a wonder to behold. The mask is handcrafted by Otchere Raymond from local sese wood through a...$144.99
Hand Carved Mother and Child Sese Wood Wall Sculpture
Sweet Mother, Hand Carved Mother and Child Sese Wood Wall Sculpture
Otchere RaymondDepicting a sweet mother and child, this wall sculpture comes from the creativity and vision of Ghanaian designer Otchere Raymond. Using sese wood and local tools, the artisan carves the captivating...$104.99
Hand Carved African Sese Wood Mask Inspired by a Festival
Three Pathways, Hand Carved African Sese Wood Mask Inspired by a Festival
Otchere RaymondA deeply spiritual item, Otchere Raymond designed this mask in the fashion of a Oboadaka village mask used to gain blessings from God. Once a year during the yam festival, the original mask is brought...$174.99
Original African Princess Mask
Oheneba Baa, Original African Princess Mask
Otchere RaymondGhana's Otchere Raymond designs an original mask in the name of tradition. "We must protect our traditions," encourages the Ghanaian artist. He carves the sese wood by hand and finishes the...$117.99
Hand-Carved Sese Wood Tortoise Figurine from Ghana
Intriguing Tortoise, Hand-Carved Sese Wood Tortoise Figurine from Ghana
Otchere RaymondSlowly but surely, an intriguing tortoise sets on its journey in this figurine from Ghana. Otchere Raymond designs the figurine, which is carved by hand from sese wood and given a dark brown finish.$37.99
Black Sese Wood Camel Sculpture from Ghana
Black Camel, Black Sese Wood Camel Sculpture from Ghana
Otchere RaymondHand-carved from sese wood and given a black polished finish, this camel will make a delightful addition to your home decor. Otchere Raymond of Ghana designs this sculpture, which is carefully crafted...$49.99
Handmade Sese Wood Frog Figurine in Dark Brown from Ghana
Dark Frog, Handmade Sese Wood Frog Figurine in Dark Brown from Ghana
Otchere RaymondCarved by hand from sese wood and given a finish in dark brown, this charming frog is designed by Otchere Raymond in Ghana. Local artisans create this delightful figurine.$39.99
Black and Red African Wood Mask Hand Carved by Ghana Artisan
Buruwa, Black and Red African Wood Mask Hand Carved by Ghana Artisan
Otchere RaymondGhanaian artisan Otchere Raymond presents this hand carved wood mask in deep red, black, and gold. The title Buruwa is a female name used by the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. This mask...$119.99
Akan Sandal Man
Artisan Carved West African Mask
Akan Sandal Man, Artisan Carved West African Mask
Otchere RaymondBy Otchere Raymond, this imposing mask is carved in the shape of the sandals traditionally worn in West Africa. Richly textured sheets of aluminum, embossed by hand, cover the face, and red accents...$117.99
African Queen Mother Wood Mask
Ohemaa, African Queen Mother Wood Mask
Otchere RaymondKeen to preserve the traditions of Ghana's Akan people, Otchere Raymond designs this original mask to personify the king's mother. Ohemaa in the Twi dialect of the Akan people, the sese wood mask is...$117.99
Wood and Aluminum Sankofa Wall Sculpture from Ghana
Sankofa Gleam, Wood and Aluminum Sankofa Wall Sculpture from Ghana
Otchere RaymondGleaming brightly, accents of embossed aluminum decorate this hand-carved sese wood wall sculpture from Ghana. Otchere Raymond designs this sculpture, which offers a depiction of the traditional...$109.99
Hand-Carved Sese Wood Tapir Sculpture from Ghana
Bush Cow, Hand-Carved Sese Wood Tapir Sculpture from Ghana
Otchere RaymondKnown as a "bush cow," this African tapir will make a cute addition to your home decor. Ghanaian artisan Otchere Raymond creates this sculpture, which he hand-carves from sese wood and gives...$39.99
African wood mask
Organize Yourself, African wood mask
Otchere RaymondTall and imposing, this elegant African mask is carved and painted by hand. Otchere Raymond transforms native sese wood into dramatic images. He names this original design Boaboa wo ho, an Akan word...$99.99
Black Sese Wood Pig Figurine from Ghana
Black Pig, Black Sese Wood Pig Figurine from Ghana
Otchere RaymondHand-carved from sese wood and given a polished black finish, a charming pig roots around. Ghana's Otchere Raymond designs this figurine, crafted by local artisans.$37.99
Oval African Sese Wood and Aluminum Mask from Ghana
Patterned Face, Oval African Sese Wood and Aluminum Mask from Ghana
Otchere RaymondHand-carved from sese wood and accented by aluminum on the forehead and face, this African mask is designed by Otchere Raymond. Ghanaian artisans elaborate this mask, adding a touch of beauty and...$59.99
Fulani-Inspired Sese Wood Sculptures from Ghana (Pair)
Fulani Couple, Fulani-Inspired Sese Wood Sculptures from Ghana (Pair)
Otchere RaymondInspired by the Fulani people of Mali, Ghana's Otchere Raymond designs this pair of sculptures. A male and female figure are hand-carved from sese wood, given a shiny black finish with red accents on...$194.99
Tall Hand-Carved African Wood Mask from Ghana
Otenten Sayare, Tall Hand-Carved African Wood Mask from Ghana
Otchere RaymondNamed Otenten Sayare in Akan, this African mask evokes a traditional healer. This impressively tall mask is hand-carved from sese wood, its dark form detailed with colorful painted accents. Ghana's...$79.99
Handmade African Wood Mask
Historian, Handmade African Wood Mask
Otchere Raymond"The elderly people in our community have knowledge of all the things that happened in the past. They sometimes sit down with us, the young ones, to tell us about these things. I came up with...$79.99
Hand Made African Wood Mask
Family Unity, Hand Made African Wood Mask
Otchere Raymond"With this mask, I explain my vision of family unity – father, mother and child," says Otchere Raymond. Deftly carving Ghanaian sese wood, he paints the authentic African mask by hand and...$137.99
Round African Wood Mask in Black from Ghana
Squinted Eyes, Round African Wood Mask in Black from Ghana
Otchere RaymondWith squinted eyes that are decorated with striped patterns, a round face is depicted in this African mask. Ghana's Otchere Raymond designs this mask, which is hand-carved from sese wood and given a...$54.99
African wood mask
Akan Blessing, African wood mask
Otchere RaymondCarved by hand from African sese wood, this handsome mask exhibits an exquisite equilibrium of form and size. The rich textures of aluminum repoussé enhance its beauty, while beach pebbles center the...$124.99
Artisan Crafted Wood Mask
The Conqueror, Artisan Crafted Wood Mask
Otchere RaymondAssured features convey a quiet confidence in this elegant African mask. Carved and painted by hand, the design arises from Otchere Raymond's own imagination. "It is my desire that users of this...$77.99
Osudum Chief Priest
Hand Crafted African Wood Mask
Osudum Chief Priest, Hand Crafted African Wood Mask
Otchere RaymondOtchere Raymond gently carves local sese wood, depicting a chief priest in Osudum. Applications of white clay embellish the piece, adding intrigue to the finely painted mask. "The priest, as the...$129.99
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I really like this mask, wonderfully carved by a highly skilled artist!
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The paint, carving and the aluminium work on this mask really adds decor to any wall its placed on. Very good attention to detail. Easily a favourite in my collection. Its sure to get some admiring looks.!!
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