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Hand Carved African Sese Wood Crocodile and Giraffe Mask, 'Watchful Crocodile'

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Hand Carved African Sese Wood Crocodile and Giraffe Mask, 'Watchful Crocodile'

This item is available for pre-order and will ship within 2 to 8 weeks. Learn More

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The watchful crocodile's eyes emerge from the surface of the calm river as he scopes the waters edge, looking to ensure his next meal. Ghanaian artisan Joseph Boateng celebrates the crocodile in this African mask, hand-carved from rich sese wood. The artisan forms the wood into a familiar face shape with eye, nose and mouth details in striking, contrasting colors. A scaly crocodile sits on the upper half and is complemented by embossed aluminum depicting a peaceful giraffe.

Made in Ghana

  • Sese wood, aluminum
  • Intended as wall decor
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
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  • Premium Gift Wrap? No
  • 1.06 kgs
  • 2.3 lbs
  • 48 cm H x 15 cm W x 9 cm D
  • 19" H x 6" W x 3.5" D
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Joseph Boateng

Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Joseph Boateng from West Africa.

 

Meet the Artist

Joseph Boateng

Joseph Boateng

"I have always dreamed of promoting Ghana's rich culture to the outside world through well-designed artifacts."

Latest Update “Handmade crafts have been my passion since I was a youngster. It was very challenging for me to turn that... Latest Update

“Handmade crafts have been my passion since I was a youngster. It was very challenging for me to turn that into business. It wasn't easy until I joined Novica in 2005. Marketing was a huge problem for most artisans in Ghana, but everything changed when I signed up to join Novica. My quality kept on improving so I could meet the standards of Novica's customers, and to be honest, I have seen a great change in my financial life.

“The challenge I also use to face is to keep up with the same products. Replenishing the same pieces became a bit of a problem because I wasn't financially able to keep my raw materials in stock. But Novica found me a solution by offering me an interest-free loan, and now I can always keep products available.

“I started working at home but now I have a shop in the central part of the country where I hire people to work with and also train them. My scale of production changes all the time, and I don't have a consistent income. Sometimes I get more and sometimes I get less, but all the same I can see a great change. I have been able to financially support my kids' education. I now have a university graduate, one university student and also a primary school graduate.

“My goal now is to get more to market and try to attain a constant growing income. I want to tell all Novica customers that I appreciate their love all these years in helping me reach my goals.”

Original Artist Story

"My name is Joseph Boateng, and I was born in the Ashanti region on September 23, 1966. I had my primary education in a Roman Catholic school from 1972 to 1978, and received my middle school education from 1978 to 1982.

"My sister then brought me to a town where I had a friend who knows a lot about carving. He then took me to another village where I learn this trade. Later, I moved to a city where now I train 14 people. I am married, with three children.

"I have always dreamed of promoting Ghana's rich culture to the outside world through well designed artifacts. I specialize in a wide range of wood carving styles, such as Ashanti stools, coffee tables, masks, fertility dolls and bookends.

"I began exhibiting my work in 2002."

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WOMEN S M L XL XXL
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
BUST 35 - 36 37 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48
WAIST 27 - 28 29 - 30 31 - 33 34 - 36 38 - 40
HIPS 37 - 38 39 - 40 42 - 43 45 - 46 49 - 50
MEN S M L XL XXL
CHEST 36 - 38 39 - 41 42 - 44 46 - 48 50 - 52
WAIST 30 - 32 32 - 34 35 - 37 38 - 41 43 - 45
NECK 14 - 14.5 15 - 15.5 16 - 16.5 17 - 17.5 18 - 18.5
SLEEVE 32.5 33.5 34.5 35.5 36.5
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WAIST

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LOW WAIST

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HIPS

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NECK

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SLEEVE

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INSEAM

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WOMEN S M L XL  
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
inches 26 - 30 28 - 32 31 - 35 34 - 38 38 - 42
cm 76 - 86 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

MEN S M L XL XXL
inches 30 - 34 32 - 36 35 - 39 39 - 43 43 - 47
cm 81.5 - 91.5 86.5 - 96.5 91.5 - 101.5 96.5 - 106.5 109 - 119

+/- tolerance: 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm

Sash tie length

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Belt with buckle

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Belt without buckle

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