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Gurunsi Tortoise Helmet Mask Burkina Faso Encrusted Africa

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Title Gurunsi Tortoise Helmet Mask Burkina Faso Encrusted Africa
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Burkina Faso
People Gurunsi
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 15.7 Inch Height, 6.2 Inch W, 12.5 inch D
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Wear, small cracks


This mask shows significant wear. It has received offerings and is encrusted with offerings and feathers.

Additional Information: In the southwest region of Burkina Faso, numerous smaller groups of farming peoples have often been identified collectively as the Gurunsi. Included in this style region are the Nuna, Nunuma and Lela among others sharing certain common elements of culture and language. This makes definitive classification of their masks a bit difficult. The Nunuma are primarily farmers with an uncomplicated social structure, which in the past has relied upon male elders to exercise social control. Their religion relies upon magical objects and figures that are kept in village and family shrines.


See Christopher Roy, 1987, ART OF THE UPPER VOLTA RIVERS, P. 218.


For similar piece see in the same book figs. 188