Authentic Tribal Masks
( images of lots in sale below this email)
This is an invitation to visit the AUTHENTIC TRIBAL MASKS auction
African masks have become part of life in the west just as they have in Africa. Originally they served as the literal face of justice, or representations of ceremonial beings, deities, or departed ancestors. They were used for education, for entertainment, and to tell the many-splendoured story of African history. their diverse function is reflected in their extraordinarily varied appearance, as well as the contexts in which they were used.
In the west, African masks first became part of the avant garde’s artistic resources, then gradually entered the western consciousness to such an extent that they are among the most valued African art items; a rare Luba mask recently sold at auction for 7.2 million euros.
Africa is an extremely prolific centre for innovative and traditional works, that can suit any budget. Decorative masks exist at the lower end of the market, while connoisseurial attention is naturally focused on what are considered to be ‘genuine’ pieces – those that were designed, made and used for their original role, typically before extensive western influence put an end to traditional religions and ceremonial practice. It can be difficult to identify these rare gems, and also to fully understand the pomp, ceremony and social context in which they were used. To this end, David Norden African Antiques has spent 30 years sourcing, describing and contextualising African masks, and integrating them into new collections with specialist advice and information.
The bidding platform can be found HERE, where you can manage your bids, orders and personal information. A proxy bidding system is in place – enter your maximum bid, and the system will bid only as much of it as is necessary to win the lot. Commission rates are low – 12% – and postage is also managed in house to ensure reasonable costs: free to Belgium, 40 Euros to the rest of Europe, 80 Euros to the USA and 100 Euros to the rest of the world.
The auction starts Friday the 10th September at 11am, and end on the evening of Sunday the 12th at 8pm (Belgian time), but I will keep adding tribal masks on the bidding platform until Sunday the 12th..