A Gurunsi ram helmet mask, Burkina Faso, of hollowed form, with a downturned snout, an open mouth with the tongue beneath two rows of teeth, oval-shaped eyes, framed by two triangular ears, at the top of the helmet emerge spiralling horns, surmounted by a Kalao bird (Hornbill), the front of the mask decorated with incised geometric patterns, around the rim pierced through for attachment; heavy encrusted patina of black, white and red pigments, showing age and ritual use, incl. stand.
“The gurunis carve dozens of different types of mask in the form of animals, humans, and a large variety of purely abstract, non-representational shapes. Masks represent bush buffalo, antelope, bush pigs, hyenas, serpents, crocodiles, birds, insects, and several categories of humans. (…) Masks appear at numerous events throughout the dry season. They perform to purify the village of evil forces; they attend the funerals of male and female elders, and the participate in initiations every seven years.”
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., p. 46f.
800 – 900,- Euro
Height: 27 cm
Weight: 1 kg