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Gurunsi Head Crest Mask from Burkina Faso 18.25″ Long – African Tribal Art

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This mask was carved in the style of the Gurunsi people of Burkina Faso. This interesting head crest mask features a carved animal face with an elongated crest. The mask measures 18.25 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. The piece is in fair condition with minor imperfections – see photos. Stand is not included.

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Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Burkina Faso

Ethnicity

Gurunsi

Material

Wood and pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

18.25"

Width (Inches)

5.5"

Depth (Inches)

9"

Weight (Pounds)

1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

fair with minor imperfections – see photos

Tribe Information

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.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.