December’s here and out come the trees and decorations. My sister and her kids put their’s up yesterday; a luxurious black tree draped with tinsel and baubles in various gold, brandy and bronze tones that pick up and reflect her muted side lights; bringing a warm glow to her living room. If you are looking for some African Christmas decorations inspiration for your tree this season, I found these miniature hand-carved West African masks and figurines on the artisan marketplace, NOVICA
. Made in Ghana, the wooden ornaments are a departure from the standard mass produced tree decorations, bringing a more personal touch. Suspended from leather loops miniature wooden masks crafted in fine detail celebrate the art of the Ewe people of Ghana, and are the work of wood carver, Victor Yao Delanyo who Victor started working with his brother-in-law, a master carver before setting up independently working with ten master carvers. Victor uses Sese wood combining some of his designs with the brass accents. Available in a set of four there are two ranges to choose from: ‘Celebration Masks’ and ‘Festive Masks’. With many other products available on NOVICA, Victor’s carvings have been exhibited in the US, France, Belgium and Australia.