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Handmade Sese Wood 'I Fear Only God' End Table (Ghana) (Solid)

Handmade Sese Wood 'I Fear Only God' End Table (Ghana) (Solid). This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic. Ghana's famed gye nyame symbol emerges in sese wood, its rotating form meaning I fear none except God. Known as an adinkra symbol, this image is revered throughout the country. George Obeng carves the traditional motif in the legs of a handsome accent table. The top is circular; the base, triangular. Pves the traditional motif in the legs of a handsome accent table. The top is circular; the base, triangular. Product Features: Weight: 4.0 lbs Dimensions: 16.5" H x 11.75" Diam. Material: Sese wood Finish: Rustic, Rustic Color: Brown Features a deliberately distressed finish to give it an antiqued appearance Made in Ghana. Story Behind the Art: George Obeng was born on March 30, 1952. His carvings are realized primarily in ebony wood, as the material is endowed with innate strength and beauty that requires no chemical enhancement. Mahogany, odum (oak), sese, and odanta are other woods he employs, although these need to be treated forpreservation. Obeng prefers to leave his ebony carvings unpolished, he says, "Because the beauty and natural sheen of the wood in nature is left on perpetual display. The artist is motivated to carve by one principal theme: "Recording the events" of his time. As an animal rights activist and a committed vegetarian, wildlife plays an integral role in his work, such as the tenderness of the butterfly, the mischief of the monkey, the slowness of the snail, and the vivacious character of the bird. Each of his carvings is a poignant reminder of this critical juncture in the preservation of the global environment and communal ecology. Themes of the "Third World" also inspire Obeng's art. Depictions of female figures, often carrying children and heavy baskets simultaneously; comments on the cyclical problem of social confusion and irresolution, which extend into the endemic nature of inadequate and/or nonexistent development of facilities like health care, education, food, security. He is an observer of his time, struggling to represent the myriad unheard voices that surround him. But for his stalwart determination, Obeng would not be the carver he is today. He had been ordered by an elder relative to take up typesetting and printing, and from 1967 to 1970 he was apprenticed to a master printer, having completed Middle School Education with a certificate in 1967. However, he defied his family and undertook part time studies in sculpture from 1970 to 71. Between 1972 and 1974 he took a course in sculpture at the School of Art and then a proficiency course in sculpture at the university College of Art. He worked as Assistant Cultural Officer with the Arts Council of Ghana while practicing painting between 1971 and 1986. Obeng was responsible for exhibitions, restorations, commission, and training workshops for carvers. As an apprentice for Saka Acquaye, a renowned sculptor, he was able to participate in exhibitions in Ghana, Oakland, Britain, Bulgaria, Romania, and China, along with many other African countries. Please allow 10 business days for the product to leave our warehouse and to receive tracking information. You should expect to receive this item within 15 business days. read more