This mask was carved in the style of the Gurunsi people of Burkina Faso. It features an animal face with a large protruding crest. The mask measures 27.5 inches tall and weighs 5.5 pounds. There is some cracking, scrapes and scuffs throughout – please inspect photos. Stand is not included.
Gurunsi Animal Mask 27.5″ – Burkina Faso – African Tribal Art
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Cracking, scrapes and scuffs – see photos
About the Gurunsi People
“A number of tribes who speak dialects of the Gur language have been grouped together under the name Gurunsi. They number 200,000 and spend the dry season hunting and fishing. Gurunsi masks represent bush spirits and are characterized by eyes set within concentric circles. They are worn by dancers during funerals, initiation ceremonies, fertility rites and market-day festivities.
Gurunsi figures are less well known in the West, but have a role in divination rituals.
Gurunsi people wear ivory and bronze bracelets and like other tribes in the region, carve wooden flutes.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.