Q: I am fascinated by old items, but have no interest in commercial masks. This mask was found in an old explorer/adventurer estate auction. He had been traveling Africa on digs in the 50’s. I have little or no idea of the origin or age, but is sure it is not commercial, but an original. 653
A: Based on the three beautiful photos you sent in I think there may be some collector interest in this mask. I would agree that it looks like it might be old and used. What is frustrating is that it seems to combine different tribal design criteria. Let’s hope someone will help us identify it properly. However, it is almost always impossible to authenticate tribal usage and age from photographs. Many African masks are artificially aged in a very convincing manner.