ART Book Review | African Masks: The Barbier-Mueller Collection


I love masks. I have collected over 100 during my international travels. None of the masks in my collection are very expensive, but they are treasures to me.

However, the 248 masks in the book African Masks-The Barbier -Muller collection are all museum quality. The collection was started in the 1920s by Josef Mueller and continued under the supervision of Jean Paul Barbier. The book is softcover but has a refined feel. Very well made! All of the masks are very unique and every turn of the page reveals another amazing creation. The photography is superb and very detailed information is given with each photo. A map of the various ethnic groups is also included near the beginning. African Masks The Barbier-Mueller Collection will provide hours of enjoyment. This luxurious book is an excellent purchase for anyone interested in art, Africa, masks, or African culture. It will also make a great gift for the African aficionado.


  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (April 1, 1998)
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds




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