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Gurunsi Bronze Elephant on Stand Burkina Africa 3 Feet

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Title Gurunsi Bronze Elephant on Stand Burkina Africa 3 Feet
Type of Object bronze statue
Country of Origin Burkina Faso
People Gurunsi
Materials Brass (unknown metal content)
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 35 inches long x 20 inches tall x 13.5 inches wide. approx 45 lbs
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Some casting flaws and holes; corrosion and oxidation. dirt and general wear

Additional Information: A charming animal statue said to come from the Gurunsi group in Burkina Faso.  The tusks and trunk are perhaps a bit exagerated.  The textures employed are appealing.  The statue was likely designed to be kept in the home as a good luck charm.  

 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