Yes, all items are authentic
one-of-a-kind Mbunda art!
However, Mbunda artists often
use older pieces to inspire them.
These works cannot be called
They are artifacts made by
artists for the same purposes as the older
Many great Mbunda artists
still make art for local people to use in
traditional and religious ceremonies.
Often, they will sell older
pieces, surplus pieces or out-of-use pieces
to the collectors.
These items are often of
superb quality, too expensive for the
generally poor locals to acquire.
The only copies are so-called
"airport art", which we never carry and do
not want you to buy.
We often give the following
advice to the new collectors:
Only buy and collect
what you like!
Try to downgrade usually
exaggerated claims of rarity and age and
concentrate on artistic qualities and
Read good book about tribal
Time and experience help to
develop a better feel for the quality,
authenticity, age, and style.
But remember: never buy a story, buy an item.
Make sure it is the artwork
that grabs you, not the talk and