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Old, used Urhobo mask, Nigeria

Q:  I found this mask at a thrift store. Can you tell me anything about it?
Mike, 1399  (no email address)A:  This appears to be a museum quality mask, not a fake. I have shown it to several dealers and collectors, all of whom have different opinions. Now it is published on the Mask Man blog and I am waiting for your opinion.


After we hear from you I’ll make a decision and post a comment for all to see. Then something nice will be sent to the winner.  🙂

7 Comments

  • Bob Ibold

    Thanks Eric. One of the other experts has voted for Nigeria. Let’s wait and see if we get a few more comments.

  • Bob Ibold

    Nate sent in this comment:
    Indian or African, to me its a antique fake… that whomever produced it drew artistic inspiration from several cultures… I wouldn’t want to touch the thing personally, given the African markers (especially those ears).

    I think you and I both are thrown off even that its an example of a very early fake which now inherently seems more real given that its had time to truly age…

    Nate

    • Eric

      Nate is absolutely wrong.
      It’s 100% an authentic and old Igala mask from Nigeria, with clearly visible tribal use.
      I have no doubt whatsoever.

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