A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
How to make a fake Kota !
One of the best ways to become a forger...start immediately!
The copper plated surface was carefully made by old thick copperplates of teaboxes, which were used in Africa before 1925. A nearly perfect work of a sensitive forger...but the problem was the wood. So we consulted a lot of art dealer, restorers and strong forgers. The best advise we heard even three times, we realized immediately:
Take some leaves of red cabbage, put it around the wooden part of the sculpture, also some pieces of old wood with living woodworms, dig the sculpture in the earth of the flowerpot so that only the head is looking over the rim. Don't forget to put half tea-cup of water on it every day and piss on it once a week. After three months: Here you can see the beautiful result! The sculpture is growing very strong and in six weeks the Bakota would be ready for the market. But there is still one little problem. Because of our religion, we can't kill animals, so we are bagging every day to the little woodworms, who are living now in the Bakota-Sculpture, to stop their work and coming out of their house. But the respond of these little creatures was only a "crack, crack"... I guess they are really happy in my nearly perfect forgery.
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