African Ritual Masks: The Power and Politics of Colour

In the African tribal artifact market, intense colours and European paints seem to be considered more of a deterrent than a motivation for purchase. But the reality is that genuine African artifacts, rich colour and European paints reflect a more authentic sense of African ritualism and give the piece greater ritual energy and power than non coloured pieces Read More

African Ritual Masks: "Value" or "Values"?

I have found some authors add another dimension to information on masks, or highlight my own experiences. So, I have unashamedly borrowed from their writings, tried to expand on some points of view and weld others together. What follows is a collage of opinion that may (or may not) add another dimension to the value(s) you attribute to the next mask you find or buy. Read More