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Totemic figure in African Kurumba art
This crest mask, emblematic of most Kurumba clans in northern Burkina, was intended to honor the memory of ancestors during mourning.
It could also serve as an altar in the house housing the spirits of the ancestors of the lineage.
Evoking the hippotrague antelope, it displays, from a semi-spherical facial mask, a long neck on which the head of the animal develops.
Tapered, slender lines, evoking agility, and geometric decorative motifs distinguish this mask. Smooth, satin patina, shaded with ochre.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo , Bwa , Kurumba and Mossi , living in Burkina Faso , frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or even insects. It is ...