Q: Please check out this mask. The seller says it is old (I know they always say this). If you want I can send you few more close-ups. Your opinion is very appreciated. Reminds Luba but these horns.. And also the stitches, were they made on purpose so the mask looks old? Or are they real? The mask has 2 holes at sides and 3 holes for the beard. This is Kigali, Rwanda. Thank you. Sayn, 684
A: It’s a horned Kayamba mask from the Lega people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is poorly made, very beat up and even has a large, native repair. So I decided to show your photo of the rear instead of the front. If it truly is old and used, it would be desirable to collectors because the Kayamba is rare and most collectors love to see native repairs. But, like you, I am suspicious that this piece was artificially aged extensively in order to coax a higher price. Of course, I can’t be sure with just a photograph to go on. I’ll bet you could find someone in Kigali who could tell you if it is really authentic.