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Kurumba mask (N° 22716)

Totemic representation in African art Kurumba
This crest mask emblematic of most of the Kurumba clans in northern Burkina, for protective purposes, was intended to honor the memory of the ancestors during the end of mourning.
It could incidentally serve as an altar within the house housing the spirits of the ancestors of the lineage.
Evoking the hippotrague antelope, it sports, from a facial mask, a long neck on which develops the stylized head of the animal.

Tapered, slender lines, evoking agility, and geometric decorative patterns characterize this mask. Smooth, satin patina. Minimal erosions.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, resume and frequently combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or even insects. It is the spirits of nature who are believed to determine an individual's well-being and prosperity, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rituals. They appear to honor the deceased during funeral rites, and to escort souls to the realm of the dead. They also occur during agricultural festivals with the aim of ensuring the progression of the seasons, even during initiation rites they will introduce young people to the responsibilities of adult life.  


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OriginEx-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Height cm82
Depth57 cm
Width13 cm
Weight1.70 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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