A Gurunsi mask, Burkina Faso, of hollowed form and large proportions, an oval face with a pierced lozenge-shaped mouth showing teeth, target-shaped eyes, an animal figure sticks out from the forehead, large ears projecting outwardly, atop a superstructure with two planks of different forms, a inverted vertical hook in the centre of the second plank, the superstructure surmounted by two standing female figure, the mask carved in low relief with geometric motifs and decorated with black, white, and red pigment, around the rim pierced through for attachment; the mask carved from a single piece of wood, signs of use and age, several cracks, damages on the right figure, incl. stand.
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; Christopher D. Roy: Signs and Symbols in African Art: Graphic Patterns in Burkina Faso, University of Iowa; Tiziana & Gianni Baldizzone: Die Regenmacher. Maskenzauber und Stammesriten, Paris 2020; Till Förster: Skulptur in Westafrika. Masken und Figuren aus Burkina Faso. Sammlung “Burkina Faso” aus dem Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Freiburg im Breisgau, Bremen 1995.
700 – 800,- Euro
Height: 101 cm
Weight: 4.6 kg (incl. stand)