Nunuma monkey mask, from the region Koudougou, village Réo, Burkina Faso, of oval hollowed form, a large protruding snout showing sharp teeth, a slender nose leading to deep cut brows, large bean-shaped eyes with asymmetric circular holes, outwardly projecting ears, upper part and lateral parts of the head striated, a raffia attachment at the rim; an age reddish patina with white and black pigments, traces of ritual use. Provenance Mohamed Belo Garba.
"The monkey is a trickster in West African societies, causing endless mischief and serious destruction to crops. The monkey masks usually perform as "entre actes", dancing when the other masks are preparing to perform and making comical and ribald gestures that cause the audience to laugh and applaud. The most ancient and sacred mask in several villages is monkey mask."
Lit.: Christopher D. Roy/Thomas G.B. Wheelock: Land of the Flying Masks. Art and Culture in Burkina Faso. The Thomas G. B. Wheelock Collection, Prestel 2007, p. 47.
500 - 600,- Euro
Height: 50 cm (with raffia), 23 cm (the wooden face) Weight: 1.2 kg
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