|Q: I found this mask at an antique shop a few years ago. Think I paid around $15. It is 10” long and 7” wide. I would like to find out more about it and hope you can help me. Thanks in advance! Renske, 1259
A: That’s a wonderful mask for $15. People will pay hundreds for a careful reproduction and thousands for an authentic mask.
Why not this one? Though it looks West Africa, it is a mixture of many different tribes. All I can tell for sure is that is was artificially aged. I am not an expert on African masks.
If you see a mask you like in a thrift shop, buy it. When you become a serious collector you may want to get rid of some. I have, but I’ve kept a few because I still enjoy them. C