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NUNA Mask
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Combined with the magical power of the calao, this tribal mask of the gurunsi decorated with geometric patterns combines a bifid beak with a reduced figure of the bird, sculpted in the center, and placed in the opposite direction. At the top, an outgrowth acting as a handle, forlife of an orifice.
Polychromy of white, burgundy and black clay.
These globular-eyed African masks, depicting spirits from the bush, came out during ritual dances and were worn by village members wearing full-length plant-fibre outfits. The ritual was to bring fertility and prosperity to the village, provided it was properly accomplished. These masks were also used during funeral ceremonies of notables, to celebrate passages of initiation grades or simply for entertainment. It was during a two-week ...


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Gurunsi mask
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, ...


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Masque Gurunsi
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Gurunsi

Combined with the magical power of the calao, this Gurunsi tribal mask decorated with geometric patterns combines a bifid beak with a rectangular panel marked with a cruciform embossed pattern at the top. White, burgundy and black clay polychromy.
These globular-eyed African masks, depicting spirits from the bush, came out during ritual dances and were worn by village members wearing full-length plant-fibre outfits. The ritual was to bring fertility and prosperity to the village, provided it was properly accomplished. These masks were also used during funeral ceremonies of notables, to celebrate passages of initiation grades or simply for entertainment. It was during a two-week initiation that young boys were introduced to the secrecy of masks and the meaning of their motifs. ...


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Masque Gurunsi
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Gurunsi

Among the Gurunsi, the Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the main mask sculptors. They influenced the style and meaning of the masks of their neighbors Mossi and Bwa. Several animals can be represented: buffalo, antelope, warthog, hyena, calao, snake and crocodile and their combined attributes. The board extends from a stylized bird mask with a rectangular bifide beak. The ornamentation is carefully engraved on each side of the mask: the black triangles allude to the footprints of the hooves of the antelopes and the growths symbolize the beaks of the calao, associated with divination and magic. Mate patina, locally flaky, erosions at the top.
These masks were worn by the members of the village, completely hidden under clothing made of vegetable fibres, during the ritual dances. The ...


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