|Q: Please help me identify what kind of mask is that and if its authentic or any information you can give me will be highly appreciated. Thank you! Natalya, 1233
A: You can easily say this mask is from somewhere in West Africa. It certainly has a nice looking face with a great bird on top, but I can’t tell what tribe made it. The design elements are a mix coming from different cultures in that part of Africa. We see a lot of blended masks these days. This should not surprise– Africans, like us, can easily see masks from other places.
Authenticity means used for celebrations rather than sale to tourists. There’s a slight chance it could be authentic, but the production of masks for sale and export is huge… and much more likely. B