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The global village

It is a burgeoning sector that is busy all year. Anne Crane surveys spring activity in the tribal market on both sides of the Atlantic

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The Tabwa mask sold for €2.45m (£2.17m) at Christie’s Paris on April 10.
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One of the better reflections of the art world’s global reach is the tribal art market. No longer the preserve of a handful of aficionados or avant-garde early 20th century artists, the artefacts of non-European cultures are now the subject of worldwide interest and appreciation.

The internet – with its ability to connect buyers and sellers and provide information on esoteric subject matter – has been key. Whether it comes from remote Pacific Islands, the cold climates of northernmost America or the heat of central Africa, tribal art is big business.

There are still major centres for trading this material. In terms of auctions, these are now New York and Paris, where the biggest-ticket objects and collections are offered. This is reflected in both the results and the upcoming items featured on the following pages.

Regarding fairs and related events, some of the biggest and best-known are the gallery-based tribal trails staged in areas with the largest concentrations of specialist dealers.

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