Tribal art > African mask > Gurunsi mask
Among the Gurunsi, the Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the main mask carvers. They influenced the style and meaning of the masks of their neighbors Mossi and Bwa. Several animals can be represented: buffalo, antelope, warthog, hyena, hornbill, snake and crocodile and their combined attributes. The plate is extended by a stylized bird mask with a rectangular bifid beak.
Geometric patterns have a symbolic significance.
Crusty matte patina, locally abraded. Desication cracks.
These masks, spirits of the bush, were worn by the members of the village, fully concealed under plant fiber outfits, during ritual dances.
The ritual was to bring fertility and prosperity to the village, provided it was performed correctly. They also still occur during funeral ceremonies of notables, ...