Gurunsi or Bobo Mask 18″ on Stand – Burkina Faso – African Art

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We are not exactly sure as to the origins of this mask but believe it to be Bobo or Gurunsi of Burkina Faso. The mask features a zoomorphic creature with geometric patterns made from earthy toned pigments. It measures 8 inches tall, 18 inches including stand, and weighs 4.5 pounds. There is a repair to the crest between the eyes and some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Burkina Faso

Ethnicity

Gurunsi, Bobo

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

8" mask | 18" including stand

Width (Inches)

7"

Depth (Inches)

17.5"

Weight (Pounds)

4.5 lbs mask | 6.5 lbs including stand

Overall Condition

Repair to crest. Cracking, scuffing and wear and tear

Tribe Information

About the Bobo 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 100,000 Bobo live in eastern Burkina Faso. They are primarily farmers whose lives are regulated by a council of elders. The Bobo cast bronze pendants and carved large masks. The masks symbolize animals or spirits and are worn during ceremonies associated with new crops, initiations and funerals.”

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

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.