The Kurumba create Adoné (antelope) headdresses to commemorate deceased clan leaders. They believe that the soul of the departed leaves their body to reside inside the headdress. The headdress is worn during the mourning period and then is made as an altar piece where sacrifices are made. This antelope measures 42 inches tall and weighs 7.5 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.
Colorful Kurumba Adone Headdress 42″ – Burking Faso – African Art
1 in stock
|Type of Object||
Figure, statue, Headdress
|Country of Origin||
Wood, pigment and vegetable fiber
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
About the Kurumba People
“The various tribes living in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper-Volta), Ghana and Togo cultivate millet and cotton, and rear cattle in the northern savannah regions. Their religious activities are dictated by the rhythm of the seasons – during the dry season in particular, when the fields are fallow, large festivals and ceremonies are organized.
The Kurumba people live in the north of Burkina Faso. Their artistic reputation rests on their antelope headdresses which are worn during funeral ceremonies and are believed to represent the soul of the deceased.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.