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Mahogany Wood Bust Sculpture of a Woman with Braided Hair, "Plaited Hair"

byGeorge Obeng: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (29)
Wearing plaited hair, an African woman is depicted in bust form in this... more

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Wearing plaited hair, an African woman is depicted in bust form in this impressive sculpture from Ghana. George Obeng creates the sculpture, which he lovingly hand-carves from rich mahogany wood with a high level of detail.

  • 1.71 kgs
  • 3.8 lbs
  • 30 cm H x 15 cm W x 10 cm D
  • 11.75" H x 6" W x 3.9" D

  • Mahogany wood
  • Signed by the artist
  • Wood grain and color can vary slightly
  • 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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Total reviews

29

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02/21/2019

"Love at first sight!"

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I could not wait to receive this sculpture and when I first laid eyes upon it, it took my breath away. I have purchased many items from Novica but the two sculptures (soon to be a third) from Mr. Obengs collection are my favorite by far. The sculptures are alive with energy and add a wonderful vibration to my home. Mr. Obeng is truly gifted and I look forward to adding more of his beautiful sculptures to my collection. Im one happy customer.

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Plaited Hair, Mahogany Wood Bust Sculpture of a Woman with Braided Hair

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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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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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From Torrance, California

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01/30/2020

"Plaited Hair Mahogany Bust So Very Beautiful!"

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The exquisite detail is so Beautiful and the mahogany has a high polish. I have it displayed on a dark wood base which really complements it as it is displayed under a floor lamp in a corner of my dining room. I have several pieces of sculpture by Mr. Obeng and I Love them all but this one is my favorite.

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Plaited Hair, Mahogany Wood Bust Sculpture of a Woman with Braided Hair

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From Torrance, California

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01/10/2020

"George Obeng Creates Such Beautiful Carvings!"

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I ordered his Divine Birth In Africa nativity set first and was so amazed at the exquisite detail. Then I ordered the Bambara Antelopes and again was in love with his beautiful carvings. I also ordered Collecting Water, a sculpture in ebony and a table, I Fear Only God. I am so grateful to him for creating such exquisite art at such an affordable price for my enjoyment. Thank you Mr. Obeng.

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From Pennsylvania

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09/24/2019

"Elegant depiction of a working woman"

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This statue is beautifully detailed. Graceful lines and textures are evident. Unique design with the child and baby along with the woman.

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Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

George has received the "Sculpture of the Year" award from Leisure Arts and Entertainment and received 2nd and 3rd place in the National Arts Contest.

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

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

 
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