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Why Are They So Inexpensive? Are They Copies?

 

There is really no such thing as copies of Mbunda art.

Copying is a problem for the overvalued European art or Antiquates, which sells for thousands and often millions of dollars.

In contrast, Mbunda art is unjustly and grossly undervalued.

Even wonderfully crafted pieces, that take days or months to make, sell for several hundred dollars.

This is because the time and skill of a Mbunda artist living in the village is so poorly valued and rewarded.

This creates the situation in which any piece reproduced outside Africa will be much more expensive than the original Mbunda art.

Just look how much work goes into each of these artifacts!

If I would be in the art copying business I would much rather manufacture fake Rembrandts, Monets, Rodins, Faberges, and Tiffanies of this world or Roman, Egyptian or pre-Columbian items.

However, in a near future Mbunda art is expected to greatly increase in value to the level where the price reflects the quality, skill and effort.

At this time coping may become a problem.

 

 

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