Zoomorphic mask - Gurunsi - Burkina Faso
  • Zoomorphic mask - Gurunsi - Burkina Faso
  • Zoomorphic mask - Gurunsi - Burkina Faso
  • Zoomorphic mask - Gurunsi - Burkina Faso
  • Zoomorphic mask - Gurunsi - Burkina Faso
  • Zoomorphic mask - Gurunsi - Burkina Faso

Zoomorphic mask Gurunsi - SOLD OUT

This mask, from the Nouna village of Tigan, between Koudougou and Dedougou, represents a large female Koba antelope and is called koan. As is the case throughout Burkina Faso, such masks represent protective spirits from the bush, always closely associated with the spirits of ancestors, and which can take human, animal, or even monstrous characteristics. Such masks can perform on several occasions throughout the dry season from October to May, but they chiefly appear at the funerals of elders and at annual village cleansing ceremonies, when malevolent supernatural spirits are chased from the village.SpecsOriginEx private collection FrançaiseSize43 x 13 cmDatingCirca 1960Material(s)Wood43 x 13 cm

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
Ethnic group
Gurunsi
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Burkina Faso
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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