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All of our items are clearly authentic.

However, as for almost all wooden African artifacts, the true age is very difficult to establish, if you ignore the exaggerated stories which villagers or sellers always tell you in Europe or in Africa.

Actually, contrary to the popular claims by some unscrupulous dealers, there are no scientific methods available to date a wooden object produced within the modern history.

All items we display are collected by us in Zambia, we carefully scout the countryside for good pieces.

All were chosen for their stylistic purity, artistic value, and signs of age and use.

After many years of collecting and seeing thousands of items one develops a good feel for age and authenticity - these are the best and often only guides for the collectors and museum curators.

Some signs of age to watch are: patination, age cracks, darkening of wood, oily deposits on the parts contacting the body, oxidation of materials.

Raffia does not last long in African climate, so many old masks have new raffia attached to them.


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