“Start with the assumption that the piece is a fake then work backwards to prove it isn't. If an object can pass this reverse proof and I still love the piece and it is fairly priced and I can afford it, I pull the trigger.”

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Here's to 2017!

Wishing you a ‘fertile’ year

The Bamana of Mali, dance 'chi wara' masquerades to ensure the fertility of their fields and to pray to the gods for a good harvest.

2016 Year in Review

Most Popular ‘Discover’ Object — Opa Orere

Opa orere herbalist staffs are used by Yoruba diviners as an altar to the divination god Orunmila. Blood sacrifices are made to the staff as an altar to Orunmila. The sacrifices are believed to replenish the diviner’s power to prevent death.

2016 Year in Review

Most Popular ‘Magazine’ Article — Parcours des Mondes 2016

The daddy of all tribal art fairs and now in its 16th year (mark your calendars—September 12, 2017 to September 17, 2017), Parlours des Mondes 2016 impressed and at times, left us speechless! See why by reliving the experience.

2016 Year in Review

Most Popular ‘Collector Spotlight’ — Hartmut Brie

"It’s important to learn as much as you can; visit museums and read books. You can also learn by touching pieces, follow pieces with your fingers. It’s the only way to identify if an object has been used."

Learn how Hartmut Brie assess authenticity before buying. View highlights from his extensive personal collection.