Africa

Another repro from Africa

Q:  I recently picked up this for my friend who collects masks from an estate sale in Southern California. Unfortunately the owner was not present but someone told me they thought it resembled a mask they bought from an Ivory Coast tribe. They were originally asking $300 but I got it from a friend who was working the sale on the last day for $125. It appears to be made of a composite type wood because it has little fibers present here and there. It measure 22″ x 8″.  Eric, 1347

A:  This came the day after the Lega mask on the right. It is a classic Baule ancestor mask probably from the Ivory Coast. This piece is another nice example of West African traditional art. The price Eric paid is about right for an above average reproduction like this.  B

 

 

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