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  • Ralph ?

    Picked up Ralph at an auction for five bucks looks African not shure if he is tourist junk or Real ?
    New Jersey

  • #2
    I believe that would be a Luba Tribe (Africa) item woi.
    Professor Shellman
    Tampa Bay


    • #3
      Yep, Tom's correct. It's styled after a Luba (Baluba) spirit mask, like this one.

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      The Luba people hail from what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their traditional masks are one of the most common finds on African markets where pieces are sold to tourists and collectors. Yours looks like a tourist piece and, although perhaps authentically made, it likely wasn't made by the Luba people nor for ceremonial use. Could be anywhere between the mid 1900s through to modern.
      I keep six honest serving-men (they taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.


      • #4
        It has a thrown together fake patina look to it great information. Thank You !!!! Tom and Pain !!!
        New Jersey


        • #5
          Cool piece that I know nothing about.
          well worth the five bucks....👍
          Southeastern Minnesota’s driftless area