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Masque Gurunsi Poisson
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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 ...


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Gurunsi Mask
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Flet with tufts of hair and featuring a bird figure leaning between the globular eyes, this tribal mask of gurunsi is regularly incised with geometric patterns raised with kaolin. These globular-eyed African masks, depicting spirits from the bush, came out during ritual dances and were worn by village members wearing full-bodied plant-fibre outfits that covered the body. 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. Religiously, the ...


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Gurunsi Hybrid Mask
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Combining a face with a beak and a chameleon body extending it to height, this tribal mask of the Gurunsi is engraved with geometric patterns. It evokes the combined qualities of each of the animals evoked. White clay polychromy, red and black ochre.
These globular-eyed African masks, depicting bush spirits, came out during ritual dances and were worn at the top of the head, in a bias, 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 ...


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Animal mask Gurunsi
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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.


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Gurunsi elephant mask
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Two-tone crusty patina for this mask, among the range of gurunsi zoomorphic masks, evoking here the power of the elephant.
These globular-eyed African masks, depicting bush spirits, were used in ritual dances and 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. On the religious level, the Gurunsi believe in a superior being, Yi, who withdrew from the world after creating it and whose altar ...


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Gurunsi Composite Mask
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Featuring a beaked mask and a crested chameleon body, this gurunsi tribal mask decorated with geometric patterns combines the qualities of each of the animals evoked. White clay polychromy, orange and black ochre.

These globular-eyed African masks, depicting bush spirits, went out during ritual dances and 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. On the religious level, the ...


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Gurunsi figurines
African art > African Statues > Gurunsi figurines

Less famous for their statues than for their masks, the Gurunsi used statues depicting ancestors for divination or that were simply placed on altars to be honored. This sober sculpture, with a satin patina that oil anointings have helped to shine, is distinguished by its broad shoulders extending from arms spread out of the bust and small digitized palms. It is devoid of scarifications and adornments. Missing on one of the feet.
On a religious level, the Gurunsi believe in a higher being, Yi, who retired from the world after creating it and whose altar occupies the center of the village. Yi sent, to represent him, the Su spirit, embodied in all masks and honored by an altar. Among the Gourunsi, the Lela , Winiama , Nuna and Nunuma are the main mask sculptors. They influenced the ...


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Gurunsi vertical plank crest mask
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Among the Gurunsi, 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 ornamentation is distributed on each side of the mask: the black triangles refer to the footprints of the antelope hooves and the conical protrusions symbolize the beaks of the calao, associated with divination. A female figure in the invocation position appears in a round-bump halfway up. Mate patina, locally chipped, slight cracks of desication.
These masks were worn by the members of the village, completely concealed under outfits made of plant fibres, during the ritual dances. The ...

Gurunsi crest mask
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This very simple crest composed of a headdress and two excrescences meeting at the top was used during ritual dances and was worn by the members of the village equipped with integral suits of plant fibers that covered the body. 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 the passage of initiatory grades or simply for entertainment. 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 ...


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Gurunsi Fetish
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This anthropo-zoomorphic effigy represents a spirit of the wood: the head is made up of the phacophical facial mask, with its lateral defenses, and decorated with Gurunsi's geometrical patterns, and it wears a purple-red dyed linen and raffia suit. The Gurunsi statues, related to divination, were installed on the altars. The African Gurunsi masks are famous in African art for their extremely stylized zoomorphic representations. They are decorated with geometric patterns usually contrasted with kaolin and other pigments The African Gurunsi masks, which are still zoomorphic, are shared by the sub-tribes of the Gunrusi: Nuna, Nunuma, Lela and Winiema, and among the many Voltaic peoples the ancient masks relating to the creative myths are honored and feared. Masks with globular eyes, ...


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Gurunsi zoomorphic Mask
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"African art and gurunsi zoomorphic figures African Gurunsi masks are famous in African art for their extremely stylized zoomorphic representations.

They are decorated with geometric patterns usually contrasted with kaolin and other pigments. This copy would be a lion mask surmounted by a female figure in a prayer position. Its surface bears traces of kaolin and reddish pigments. These globular-eyed masks, depicting bush spirits, came out during ritual dances and were worn by members of the village equipped with integral plant fiber garments that covered the body. 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 the passage of initiatory grades ...


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