A Gurunsi, hornbill mask (calao bird), Burkina Faso, of hollowed oval form and large proportions, a very large peak, beneath target-shaped eyes, a crocodile hovers above the head of the bird, its tail capped by a buffalo head, the entire composition is decorated with incised geometric motifs, with chequerboard patterns, circles, stripes and zigzag bands, in an effective and starkly contrasting manner, around the rim pierced through for attachment; the entire mask is carved from a single piece of brown wood, traces of white kaolin, use and age, several cracks.
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, München 2007.
600 – 700,- Euro
Height: 144 cm
Weight: 4,2 kg