Thank you for your response to my questions...
And also thankyou for the time you spent doing
so..China must be an amazing place, I went back in the
mid 80's when everyone was riding bikes and wearing
I ran a safari company in Tanzania for quite a few
years, and have found I have what the Tanzanians call
"the eye" I guess this is my gut reaction to pieces
that I find, and sometimes I end up selling them...
So although being inlove with every piece I
collect...the love sometimes fades and then if the
opportunity arises I sell it.
Selling something real is important to me, I am a very
ethical person, and I love the "story" that
accompanies many of my purchases, the West Africans I
am buying from are a lovely posse of young men, who
are based in Cameroon as well as Mali. I often have
expositions here in Dakar, and teach many of the expat
wives about the art of collecting treasures of the
I guess the reason I want to be part of this group is
to learn as much as I can...My education is taken at
"the god according to google" my online education...
Sorry this sounds a bit trite and too long, I
I guess passions are many...and as I tell many of my
"You learn you earn" something simple but true here!
many wishes to you from Senegal.
--- Ed Jones <bucit@...
> Hello Wendy.
> If this response is delayed getting to you, it is
> beacuse I am in China and the Internet seems to send
> and receive mail slow at times ... anyway, just a
> perspective I would like to offer you as a
> purchaser/collector of "things" also,
> "Does it really matter that these pieces be
> authenticated as genuine. I realize people collect
> for different reasons, and monetary value is quite
> significant to many. You mentioned that you have a
> love for the pieces yo have purchased --- and that
> might change as you acquire and learn more about
> these items. I would like to simply suggest that
> you continue to enjoy your purchases as you learn
> and not become "paranoid" so much about Real vs.
> Fake (even the proclaimed experts are constantly
> fooled) ... give consideration to your rationale for
> the purchase in the first place.
> All the Best,
> wendy <zawadi4me@...> wrote:
> Hello, I'm a new member to this forum, so
> hi from Africa.
> I have been a collector of "things" for many years,
> mainly from East
> Africa where I was based for the last 7years.
> I recently moved to West Africa and am enjoying lots
> of new treasures..
> I seem to fall in love with every piece I buy, and
> am learning every
> day, I am concerned that there is a lot of mentions
> here on copies,
> fakes etc, and as I have just been offered a pair of
> beautiful Benin
> Bronze leopards that are very large, approx hip
> height, that I
> wondered if there were fakes produced in
> Asia....these look amazing,
> signs of a few little holes and thin parts, and the
> fellow I am
> working with does bring me some beautiful
> treasures..just wondered if
> anyone had come across something.
> Also I have a very large Bangwa Memorial
> Figure...its heavily beaded,I
> notice that it has a fine dust of orange all over
> it..the main bead
> colour is orange, I'd say its 4ft tall,not sure if
> its real or
> not...am becoming paranoid (sorry) are there copies
> of these out there?
> its not easy checking on authenticity here by the
> Thanking you, Wendy
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