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Animal mask Gurunsi (N° 10786)
The mixture of genres in African art.
This mask represents both a duck and a crocodile.br The head is typical of the duck while the mouth with its strong dentition symbolizes the crocodile. The mask has a beautiful polychrome preserved. On the religious level, the Gurunsi believe in a superior being, Yi, who withdrew from the world after having created it and whose altar occupies the center of the village. Yi sent to represent him the spirit Su, incarnated in all the masks and honored by an altar. Among the Gurunsi, Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the main sculptors of masks. They influenced the style and meaning of the masks of their neighbors Mossi and Bwa.