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Handcrafted Wood End Table, "Ancestral Faces"

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Male and female faces appear on the legs of a unique African accent table.... more

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Male and female faces appear on the legs of a unique African accent table. "They represent keeping gender balance in all aspects of human activities," says Ghanaian artisan George Obeng. "This is for harmony. Figures of males and females found in our shrines represent the two main powers of the universe." The table is crafted by hand of sese wood and finished in black and brown.

  • 1.85 kgs
  • 4.1 lbs
  • 42 cm H x 30 cm Diam.
  • 16.5" H x 11.75" Diam.

  • Sese wood
  • Features a rustic, rugged finish
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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33

Donald W

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06/20/2021

"Bookends - Beautiful and Functional!"

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The carving on these bookends is extraordinary! I just love them! They are both beautiful and functional! They maintain a place of honor on my bookcase! If you are hesitating about purchasing this item, ease your mind and just take a leap of faith- you will not be disappointed!

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Tricia

From Spain

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05/19/2021

"A masterpiece"

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A lovely carved crucifix in mahogany which has already been blessed and is cherished by me.and hope it will be in the generations to follow.

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Crucifix, Religious Wood Wall Cross

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Ann

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04/10/2021

"Beautiful piece of art"

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Beautiful elephant statue; Many thanks to the artist and to NOVICA!

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Proud African Elephant, Realistic Hand Carved Ebony Elephant Sculpture from Africa

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Kathleen

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10/01/2020

"Beautiful craftsmanship"

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These bambara antelope are beautifully carved and have a special place in my home.

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Bambara Antelopes, Hand Crafted Wood Sculpture of African Antelopes (Pair)

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rohoco7

From Austin/Texas/USA

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08/16/2020

"The carver shows great skill with wood."

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Even though the artist is very skilled, his lack of reference to the shape of the ears on a lion led him to carve very pointed ones. Lions ears are broad and rounded. This took away from the effort to make these bookends look like lions. Also, the heads were too narrow for lions. Despite that the carvings are beautifully done, nicely stained, and will serve their purpose.

Best Uses

  • Hold books

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Lion Guardian, Unique Hand Carved Wood Bookends (Pair)

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Denise

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02/01/2020

"A bit disapointed"

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I would have thought that the detail on an item of this value would have been there. The items in the basket by just scoring diagonally not individually carved as pictured.The walking child faces outward at the side of the mother not facing forward in motion with her as pictured which impacts how the piece is presented. One of the mothers ears is made by a relatively deep hole. It feels as though this piece was rushed.

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Profound Impact

Profound Impact

Through NOVICA sales, George has been able to pay for his children's education and watch them grow up to become successful in their careers. Although he no longer needs to support his children, he still provides for his granddaughter and his wife. Every order makes an impact on Georges' life because it helps him care for his sweetheart as she recovers from her stroke.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

George creates all of his works with the mission to preserve, promote, and develop. His desire to preserve can be seen through the locally sourced wood he uses and his apprenticeships where he teaches traditional techniques and assist carvers in learning new skills. He promotes and develops his designs through his incorporation of ancient symbols and storytelling into more modern carvings. He hopes his success and designs encourage future generations to practice carving and learn about their ancestors.

Moving On Up

Moving On Up

George was one of NOVICA's first artists in West Africa. Although a sustainable income is important to George, his main goal is to share his gift with the world. He sees the sales as a form of appreciation to this gift. In George's view, the appreciation from his art has been growing every year as he sells more and more of his African wood carvings.

Confronting Adversity

Confronting Adversity

In 1981, George's wife had two ectopic pregnancies. They survived financially with the help of George's income from NOVICA and were able to recover as a couple and a family. In 2018, George's wife suffered from a stroke and now the couple is using his NOVICA income to cover her medical bills as she recovers.

Job Creator

Job Creator

George has trained several people who are now able to support themselves and their families. George also hired two of his former apprentices to be his associates to enable him keep up with the volume of his orders.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

George Obeng has received 3 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1000 and the most recent for $1000. Proceeds were used to purchase new tools and equipment for his workshop.

Elder Master

Elder Master

This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.

Media Featured

Media Featured

George's work was featured in the newspaper Spectator on April 12, 1986.

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