Each tribal art embeds the religion and culture of the African tribe’s people. The very essence of African civilization is seen in their craftsmanship as shown in genuine tribal masks and statues. African masks are depicted as one of the most important parts of African tribal rituals. You can see a number of African masks displayed all over the globe in cultural museums art galleries.


African masks are not made for commercial purposes. They are used in tribal rituals and ceremonies. Over the years, the African mask has been an icon of Africa’s culture. They used in religious ceremonies and everyday living. Not all African masks are old because most of them are used once or twice during the ritual.

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Creating your collection of African tribal art can be very challenging. These are not pieces that you can easily purchase. Genuine African masks, statues others original tribal art are very rare to find. Plus, you need a good eye to distinguish genuine artworks from those that are mass-produced.


There are a lot of antique stores that mix tourist art with genuine African tribal art pieces. What you can do is to know more about your art dealers you should be confident about your dealer’s credibility before making an expensive purchase.

Before you purchase an African art look at it closely. African masks are well cared for. The worn-out look is just normal. Always have an image of original tribal art in your mind and you can compare it with the ones that you are about to buy.

The origin or location where African art is found usually dictates the price of the artwork. The older an art piece is, the more value it has. Most collectors sell their pieces to dealers. Remember that African masks that are obviously restored decrease their values. If one artwork is very unique in design, prepare to cash out a small fortune. In buying African tribal art, size and appearance rarely matter. Uniqueness and quality are the two things that are sought after.


If you are tempted to purchase an ‘’original’’ African tribal art from auction sites, be on the lookout. Most auction art pieces skyrocket their price, not because of their rarity, but basically because there may be bogus bidders whose goal is to increase the bid value of the product.

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The best place to look for genuine African art is incredible art dealerships. You can also find a number of online shops offering original art pieces from Africa. Be wary fake look at the artwork itself, make sure that they have a guarantee that you can return the goods if you are not satisfied with the ‘’originality’’ quality of the art piece. Request for as many pictures as you can and if possible request a certificate of authentication.



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