First and foremost THANKS and KUDOS to Rand for an INCREDIBLE
website. I have learned much from the site and have enjoyed tagging
along vicariously on the photo journeys.
I am an artist, working primarily in abstract compositions. I am also a long time collector of MANY things. So much so that my collecting garnered a two page spread in USA today in 2002 and an appearance on HGTV in 2002/2003.
I retired in January 2006 at the ripe age of 45, with a hope of
living on my skills as an artist...so far so good. ( we'll see how
long "retirement" lasts LOL ) I now take a couple of days a week
to travel and search for more treasures along the back highways and
byways of the South. Although my previous interests in collecting
cultural items has been centered upon the Mayan and pre-Incan
cultures of Meso-America and Peru, I have recently become enthralled
with African art. Due to my recent entry into this new and exciting
world of collecting, I have no background on which to fall. I hope I
can continue to learn through this group.
I have posted three items in a photo album called Goods from the Hood. A play on my last name of Hood. The female figure on the thick lucite base is one of my favorite pieces. Would anyone recognize the style of this piece, with an idea as to its country of origin? I also have 2 items that were marked with what appeared to be a museum catalogue ID and were labeled Kota Guardian Figures from Gabon. The Guardian figures along with the 2 metal maskes were found in a very old shoe repair shop in Clinton, TN. They were stacked in a box and the shop owner had no knowledge of how they came to be in his shop. I was exploring Clinton and browsing the shops as he (the cobbler) was piling boxes out for an impromptu "Bargain Table" sale on the street-side.
I image they were likely tourist pieces but I liked them and they were cheap as chips, so now I have them them among my Pre-columbian and Pueblo Indian pottery collections. The masks remain another
mystery...they are quite heavy being metal. Again, even if only
newly created tourist pieces, would anyone attribute a county or
Thanks in advance and I look forward to reading
and contributing as I continue my knowledge of African Art.
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