Posting ID : A1068481425
Date Posted : 2015-08-18
Category : Antiques By Owner
The gentleman that I purchased this item from travel throughout Africa during the 1940s and 1950s as an architect working for various companies who were doing business there. He encountered various ethnic groups and made visits to Central Africa.
He purchased many original handcrafted artifacts from the natives like this assuming that he would establish a museum upon retirement. He was guaranteed by either an individual, or the city of Dallas that they would purchase his items from Africa, and encouraged him to buy as many things as he could during his travels.
When he retired and they keep stalling about their word to him he finally had to downsize and in anger sold everything on eBay. I happened to see his stuff and decided to buy this rather innocuous item - they didn't look like anything which was used in occult-like worship, a lot of things were rather ghoulish looking.