I am painfully aware of his contention. My first Kurumba mask (dated to approximately 1940 by Museo D Arte E Scienza) has a Sotheby s sticker on the base, butMessage 1 of 2 , Nov 13, 2009View SourceI am painfully aware of his contention. My first Kurumba mask (dated to approximately 1940 by Museo D'Arte E Scienza) has a Sotheby's sticker on the base, but they have no record of it. I was told That it MAY have been at Sotheby's when Fagg came out with his theory and was then rejected and returned to its owner.I now have 2 of these, which I just really like. The newest one costing little more than lunch at McDonalds. Michael.
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 05:19:16 -0500
Subject: Re: [African_Arts] Kurumba Antelope mask
I have always steered clear of Kurumba masks (or so-called Kurumba masks) because of something that William Fagg wrote as long ago as 1965. Describing such a mask, he said:This is one of the undoubtedly authentic specimens, numbering well under a dozen, and probably all collected by 1935. In the last few years, a vast number of much larger versions of this mask have come onto the international market, all or most of them clearly made for this purpose; however, it is rumoured that many of these became genuine a few years ago by being used in a specially revived ceremony, a kind of Blessing of the Exports.William Fagg Tribes and Forms in African Art London, 1965. Figure 28.Mike