Utap, Dayak shield from Borneo, Indonesia from Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh
Among the works that Brussels dealer Patrick and Ondine Mestdagh will show at 'Cultures' this month will be this Utab, Dayak shield from Borneo, Indosnesia. Dating from the early 20th century and standing 2ft 5in (75cm) high, it will be priced in the region of £6000.

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Cultures, The World Arts Fair is a new initiative by three dealer organisations: BRUNEAF (Brussels Non European Art Fair) which is devoted to tribal art; AAB (Asian Art in Brussels) and BAAF (Brussels Ancient Art Fair) concentrating on antiquities. They are joining forces to focus on their specialities for five days from June 8-12 with around 70 dealers in these three fields taking part.

The format is the usual trail around the Sablon’s galleries, which is where many of these dealers are based, but the numbers are augmented by overseas participants from other European countries, the US and Hong Kong who hire gallery space in the area.

Tribal art will have the largest showing with 43 dealers in African, Oceanic and Indonesian artefacts with 14 Asian art dealers and 11 dealers in antiquities.

There will also be two exhibitions of African art in the Ancienne Nonciature building on the Place du Grand Sablon: Whispering Woods, which is devoted to statuary from the François and Marie Christiaens collection of Lobi art and Ancient Medieval Mande Treasures, artwork from the area centred around Mali.