Drlee wrote:I have a couple in individual cases but most are on stands on furniture. Some are hanging on the wall. We have a fairly large great room and there are probably 50 masks in it. Some are very collectable. Almost all of our masks are authentic and some are quite old. Many, if not most, have actually been used by the people who make them. One is over 120 years old (a rarity for African anythings) and was sold by the village to raise money for a well.
When my wife and I finally manage to reach room temperature they will go to the Smithsonian African Art Museum in DC. Perhaps sooner. One of their curators expressed considerable interest in several of them. One Chiwara mask from the Bamana people is the largest he has ever seen.
How amazing! You own pieces of history. Wow! I am sure that every mask has a story behind it. You could star in a documentary about African masks or write a book about it.