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Masque Gurunsi Poisson (N° 17689)
Tribal mask depicting a fish with a wide open mouth, among the range of gurunsi zoomorphic masks. Skatee mate tricolorebr / - Among the Gourunsi , or 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.These globular-eyed African masks, depicting bush spirits, that came out during ritual dances were worn by village members wearing full-length outfits made of plant fibers. The ritual was to bring fertility and prosperity to the village, provided it was properly performed. 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 the young boys were introduced to the secrecy of the masks and the meaning of their motifs.
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