Q: I’m asking for an ethnic ID of this mask. It shows good age and use. It was sold to me on eBay as Ovimbundu by Michel Muhandele who sells as Ebony Tree. He has recently offered Ovimbundu statues that appear authentic. The mask shows Chokwe/Lwena elements like facial cheek markings and the large ‘coiffure.’ But Ovimbundu seems more likely. They are neighbors of the Chokwe in Angola. Comparisons of the mask with Ovimbundu statues and staffs show similar cheek markings. Also similar are the eyes and almost closed mouth. The brownish patina is common in Ovimbundu statues. And there are two buttons embedded in the coiffure, one on each side. I own a female Ovimbundu statue with buttons as eyes but have never seen this adornment elsewhere. Richard, 1073
A: Richard explains his impressive collection this way… African authentic based upon signs of use, age and comparisons with authentic masks in galleries, museums and high-end auctioneers. Provenance not necessary. I mostly buy on eBay.
All of us can learn from a guy like Richard. But can someone confirm his ID of this particular mask? I hope so!