|Q: Please take a look at my photos and let me know what exactly this is. Thank you so much. I just collect all kinds. I really like the vintage masks. Debbie, 1797
A: I think it is a recently made fake mask meant to sell for a lot of money. It has been carefully carved, accessorized and aged… a beautiful piece of decorative art that reminds one of the Dan culture in Ivory Coast and Liberia. Let’s hope it gets a nice home.
However, only authentic masks should sell for a lot of money. Carefully made reproductions should sell for less. When artistic originality is introduced, the price should go even a little lower. Please understand that mask making is an important home industry in Africa, vintage artifacts are huge sellers everywhere, and Donald Trump is not the only person who lies.