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Didier Claes, whose eponymous gallery is situated in the Avenue Louise district of Brussels, specialises in tribal art from Africa.

Among the works he is showing at BRAFA this month will be this late 19th early- 20th century Yaka mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo that has a provenance to a Belgian private collection.

It measures 2ft 1in x 16in (66 x 40cm), is made of polychrome painted wood and raffia fibres and is priced at €30,000.


Bernard de Grunne returned to BRAFA in 2017 after a gap of over a decade. His Brussels gallery specialises in works from Africa, Oceania and Indonesia.

Highlights on his stand will be a rare Kota brass Janus figure from Gabon, a carved Gouro/ Bete mask from the Ivory Coast of c.1850 and three wooden ancestor figures created c.1890-1900 by the Makonde tribe from Mozambique (shown left). These are carved to epitomise ideals of Makonde feminine beauty and were kept in the ancestor shrines in the houses of village leaders.