Decorative African mask

Q:  I bought this mask for $100 at an estate sale. The owner was a military veteran stationed in Africa near Mali in the 1960s. It is made of wood, hair, 12 inches by 18 inches. The 2 horns in head are carved with a face. The weight is 6 lbs.  Nate, 888

A:  I think it is a nice mask for the wall, and it has lots of African features. But it has been made for the tourist/export market, not for use. Tourist masks like this can be fine for decoration. But real masks– the ones that are actually worn in native cultures– are often better looking and always more interesting.  You can find them on eBay and many tribal art websites.  C


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