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The Three Kings

Emmanuel Nyadedzor
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A set of three hand painted and hand crafted Christmas ornaments from Ghana. These African Christmas ornaments were carved to represent the Three Kings or Three Wisemen who presented gifts to the Messiah Jesus. Each ornament resembles an African Mask and was crafted out of SeSe Wood and then painted in green, brown, black and other earth tone colors.

The masks weight approximately 4 ounces. The round face ornament measures 4.1 inches (Height) x 3.9 inches (Width) x .8 inches (Depth). The triangular face ornament measures 4.9 inches (Height) x 3 inches (Width) x 1.2 inches (Depth). The long face ornament measures 4.3 inches (Height) x  2.6 inches (Width) x 1.6 inches (Depth).

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Description

A set of three hand painted and hand crafted Christmas ornaments from Ghana. These African Christmas ornaments were carved to represent the Three Kings or Three Wisemen who presented gifts to the Messiah Jesus. Each ornament resembles an African Mask and was crafted out of SeSe Wood and then painted in green, brown, black and other earth tone colors.

The masks weight approximately 4 ounces. The round face ornament measures 4.1 inches (Height) x 3.9 inches (Width) x .8 inches (Depth). The triangular face ornament measures 4.9 inches (Height) x 3 inches (Width) x 1.2 inches (Depth). The long face ornament measures 4.3 inches (Height) x  2.6 inches (Width) x 1.6 inches (Depth).

Specs.
Edition Each Set is Hand Made by a Master Ghanaian Artisan
Height 4.9 inches
Length 3.9 inches
Medium Sese Wood
Signed Unsigned
SKU 112981
Emmanuel Nyadedzor
I started by buying the finished pieces to sell at my shop and I happened to meet a man whose skill was in designing masks. I befriended this man and so when I'd close the shop for the day, I would walk to his workshop and observe the way he designed, and decided to by raw masks for this man to finish them for my shop. However, we had a strong argument and I decided I was going to design the mask all by myself. I went to the market the following day to get the raw materials I saw the friend use, and then came to try it out myself. My background in auto mechanics became very useful at this point because of my knowledge in cutting and designing of metals. I employed this skill, as well as the skill I learned from my father who was a blacksmith. My first attempt at designing a mask was appreciated by customers and this encouraged me to continue. With constant practice I entered the world of art. Since then, I have taught about 10 people how to design art pieces. Four of the people of them stayed on and the others have set up their own business. My source of inspiration has been through dreams about me carving a particular design, so when I wake up I immediately put the design on paper in order not to lose the idea. The nicest part about my craft is seeing several carved works lying down in the workshop, I get excited to know they may all go to different places in the world. But the most challenging part of it is trying to get a finished piece dry during the raining season
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