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A tale of a Borneo sculpture in Paris

Image courtesy of Galerie Schoffel-Valluet.
Image courtesy of Galerie Schoffel-Valluet.

Though not about African art, I just encountered a very informative analysis of the negative gossip surrounding the above Borneo sculpture during the last Parcours des Mondes in Paris. Read it here¬†on the Mark Johnson’s Tribal Beat blog.

Prior to the opening of the 2013 Parcours des Mondes tribal art fair in Paris, it appeared a major controversy was brewing behind the scenes. Word was spreading fast and furious that a wood sculpture from Borneo Island offered by an important gallery as their key piece during the fair, was a forgery.

And so the tale begins.. a must-read even if you don’t really care about art from Borneo – the author makes some very good points about the trade in general.

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