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Bwoom mask

Très bon achat. Vendeur attentif qui prend la peine d'appeler ses clients après l'achat. Notice explicative sur l'objet satisfaisante. Produits de qualité. Merci.

Very good buy. Attentive seller who takes care to call the customer after purchase. Satisfactory explanation notes on the object. Quality product. Thank you. (translation)

Fang N'tumu – Gabon



lot 37: African Luba Hemba Janus staff – D.R. Congo

Professional and friendly transaction

lot 1: Masque africain- IGBO – Sud Est du Nigéria

Efficacité, réactivité, David NORDEN est un marchand éclairé qui sait transmettre sa passion pour les beaux objets avec modestie et franchise.
Transaction impeccable – je recommande fortement.

Efficiency, responsiveness, David NORDEN is an informed trader who shares his passion for beautiful objects with modesty and candor. Flawless transaction – I highly recommend him.
Pierre M.TERRIER  (translation)


Mwaash Ngady masker – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Betrouwbare verkoper. Snelle en correcte afhandeling.

Reliable seller. Fast and accurate processing. (translation)

lot 25: Exceptionellement grande figure Bacongo, a miroir, deuxieme moitié du XXeme.

Transaction parfaite et tres bonne communication avec le vendeur.
Livraison trés rapide et tres bien emballé.

Perfect transaction and very good communication with the seller.
Very fast delivery and very well packaged.
AAA ++++++++ (translation)

kavel 23: Afrikaans vruchtbaarheidsbeeld – AKAN – Ghana

Dear David

Thank you for the great statue, the reliable service and the fascinating stories afterwards

Michel Moyson

lot 7: Ere Ibedji Ila Orangun Doll – YORUBA – Nigeria

The item was packed very well. Everything up to what was promised. Top seller.



On Facebook :

Jim Wade I'm fascinated, David. I have sensed that to African art you apply a sophisticated and uncompromising eye. Seems to be a glaring contrast.

Some testimonials left on LinkedIn

RE: David Norden has requested your opinion

D.J.Andre de Bock

Dear David,

I can, without any doubt, confirm that you dispose of great knowledge and experience in the African Art Field. Further, I can state that you have a very helpful attitude towards your clients, both in and out of your shop.( which I have visited)

Kind regards and Happy New Year for you and your family,

André de Bock


Kuonaafrika Expo at Innitiator and principal cordinator



Thomas Hinterseer One of those going with the flow. Not intellectually curious, only going for pedigree rather than the real thing.

My answer to Thomas Hinterseer:  I don't agree with your review “One of hose going with the flow. Not intellectually curious, only going for pedigree rather than the real thing. “

You should see my shop in Antwerp to understand you are wrong. Provenance is only there to please those unsure about the objects authenticity and to confort them in there choice. I don't need a provenance to choose an object, but I always ask if there is one after having choosen the object and usually it has one when the object has some age, and was brought back from Africa A Long time ago.

Re : I don't agree

Thomas Hinterseer  January 9, 2014 6:28 PM

Well i was reacting to your non response to our twice invite to visit our collection of some 2500 pieces qhile you were in Paris.your answer was to come to your shop with the pieces. Not really practical.
No problem, just a little disappointing for someone who wants to find pieces and commented that the photos we sent were interesting… Each pieces we sent you fotos weighting some 30 kg,we really dont travel with as mentioned.

Regards,  T

Trevor Youngberg David generously got me up to speed on an African mask I had purchased in South Africa. Without his insight…I may have never gotten to the bottom of the piece's history.

Dear David

Une reponse simple , your passion for African art Is fabulous , you are real and honest, I do enjoy reasons you.

I wish we had more people like you . Keep the passion alife. Happy 2014.

Africa will need it big time.

Cordial enemy

Francois L.


” Dear David,
Thank you for the information and thank you for the subscription to the African Art Club.
It was a real pleasure to spend time with you during my recent trip to Antwerp. As I had mentioned I have learned a great deal about collecting African Art from your emails and it was wonderful experience to learn more at your store. The pieces I purchased were excellent and a source of pleasure. The background of each of the pieces was especially valued. I look forward to visiting your gallery the next time I am in Antwerp. “

Robert L Wilensky, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


A fine Mende Bundu mask

This fine Mende mask coming from the Brooklyn Museum was sold to Chris Wild an Englishmen living in Normandy in the middle
of nature.   He first saw the Mende Mask on my site and got several objects from me, after I visited him at his home with the selection of
african art pieces he liked on this site.

Read Chris Wild complete testimonial  :

Dear David

I enjoyed our evening together and our discussions very much. It is always a pleasure to entertain more sophisticated minds on the subject of art, and in such a relaxed way. The Mende Bundu helmet is a significant addition to my collection, and settled in the moment you placed it on my table, it wasn't going to leave my house from that moment ! The mask has a joyful expression, and so very much reflects
its purpose – to please the ancestral spirits. As you said, “its hair is like music” – a very apt statement, and so there is an attractive
harmony and powerful organic rhythm achieved in the piece which I like. It will rest with me a very long time.
On a personal note, it is nearly 37 years since I watched both the Vai and Mende dance in the forests of Sierra Leone, and so this piece helps me reflect a lot on where my love of Africa started.

I wish to add that I feel you have a gift in your perception of African art, and few key words in your descriptions help in opening the souls of others like myself to view certain important objects in the original light for which they were intended.
This has been a welcome influence in elevating my own artistic consciousness on a few occasions by now, and has thrown some further light upon the darkest inner horizons of primitive art in my life.
As an artist and collector, I enjoy the dynamics of challenging dealers in their knowledge and insight on certain canons of African art I am more familiar with, and you have opened some new doors for me on the subject for which I am grateful.
I know we will keep in touch.  You are welcome back here anytime

Kind regards

Chris Wild is an Englishman living in Normandy. He is an artist, researcher and writer, and has worked on Central African sacred forests; secret societies and art as a consultant and government advisor.

This impressive and  big Congo nail fetish was sold to the Missouri Museum BY David Norden, Buy African Antiques

From a private Belgian family who had a plantation in Congo, this impressive nail fetish has
been brought back just after World War II and is to be dated from the 30's …

sold to the Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia
see the description page at :

and the educational page about it:


Height: 1 m 13 cm.

Read also this article written by a scholar on the nail fetish:

A Power Figure’s Power over History by Emma McIntyre :

Dear David— You should have already received a message from the director,  Dr. Barker, but I just want to say the Nkisi survived his trip and we are THRILLED with him.
He certainly has a presence! We got the packet of information too—thanks for that.  It has been a pleasure working with you. —
Jeffrey B. Wilcox
Curator of Collections/Registrar

The figure arrived, safely and in good condition.
He's now been fully unpacked and we've done a preliminary examination.
No problems, no damage and he seems to be as described and as promised.
We couldn't be happier, and thank you!

Alex W. Barker, Ph.D., Director

On the blog from the museum: http://blog.coas.missouri.edu/maa/?p=285 you can read :

… On the same day that Jeanne Daly died the Museum received a crate from Belgium, containing a remarkable nkisi/nkonde figure from the BaKongo people (see below), which we had acquired to honor Betty and Anna Margaret. Sometimes called “nail fetishes,” nkisi are figures of power, central to the maintenance of social order and used to seal treaties and mark covenants. Each of the nails or other objects driven into the figure marks an event, and agreement, or a trust, both expressed and enforced by the figure itself.

It is somehow fitting that the nkisi, the keeper of covenants, arrived on the day that Jeanne passed away. We are all lessened by her loss, but are enriched by the many years she gave the Museum, the many Museum friends she created and nurtured, and the love of art and culture she passed on to visitors – especially children – who experienced the Museum through her tours and programs.

Like the nkisi, the Museum represents an accumulation of trusts, spanning both the community and the decades. Supporters of the Museum – people like Jeanne Daly, Betty Brown and Anna Margaret Fields – become permanent parts of the Museum’s tradition, contributors through their time, energy and enthusiasm to the public trust that the Museum exists to serve. And it falls to us to continue that trust, and pass it on enlarged, improved and fulfilled to subsequent generations.

BaKongo nkisi, a new acquisition 2009.645; Acquired with funds donated in memory of Betty Brown and Anna Margaret Fields, Gilbreath-McLorn Museum Fund, and gift of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Symington by exchange

African Antiques newsletter Advertiser testimonial.

Testimonial for African Art Research:

Dear David,

I am writing to thank you for your superb introduction to Jean Willy Mestach.
As you recall, we wanted to borrow his Chamba double figure for our Benue River exhibition.  Unfortunately, we decided against it, because, Mr. Mestach wanted to lend only to two venues.  But anyway, you made this task happen and I am very grateful to you.

I see that you are expanding and branching out! That is great!
Your interview with Amyas Naegele was interesting.  We have, actually, purchased some pieces from him for our holdings.

I can say with pride that I “know” you from your first days!! You created a wonderful platform for African Arts, and I hope that you will continue with great enthusiasm.

Now, about “Tintin”! I grew up with the books, and I just purchased (today, during my lunch break) a book about Tintin entitled “Tintin and the Secret of Literature” by Tom McCarthy.  I'll let you know!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Gassia Armenian
Curatorial and Research Associate

Fowler Museum at UCLA One of the largest and finest in the United States, and one of the top twenty   African collections worldwide, this collection offers a superb representation of the arts of many African  nations, including objects from Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo  (formerly Zaire), Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. and the The Rubin Collection (West Africa)

308 Charles E Young Drive, North
Box 951549
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549

Some Books published by the Fowler:

Central Nigeria Unmasked Marla C. Berns, Ri..

Visions of Africa : The Jerome L Joss Collection of African Art at UCLA (Paperback)

Sleeping Beauties: The Jerome L. Joss Collection of African Headrests at UCLA (Paperback)

Turn Up the Volume!: A Celebration of African Music ~ Jacqueline Cogdell Djedje

Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity ~ Doran H. Ross

see more Fowler african art books

Hope you enjoyed reading these testimonials, I would love to hear from your ideas.

e-mail: David Norden. St. Katelijnevest 27. B2000 Antwerpen. Belgium.