Kurumba antelope mask (Three quarters view)

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Item : Kurumba antelope mask, Picture : Three quarters view (approx. 10 Kbytes)

Made in one piece, this antelope mask is carried out with great care, drawing attention to the details and volumes. Remarkable for the length of its horns, this mask was admired by the Kurumba for its beauty and the strength of its performance during agricultural festivities, at the beginning and the end of the rainy season. As for the Dogon, it would have been used also for funeral ceremonies to transport the souls of deceased family members away from the village.

At the time of these ceremonies, the mask, then inert and secular, became the attribute of a dressed up dancer which gave it life and word. Because this is only through the movement, and through the dancer more particularly, that the mask finds its effectiveness.
End of the 19th / early 20th century.

Object #4313

Origin :

Burkina Faso (Djibo area, northern Burkina Faso bordering on Mali)

Type :

Masks and headdresses

Ethnic group :


Material :

Bright brownish eroded wood, age-old use patina, native repairs and pigments

Size :

H = 45.6 inches

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