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Bobo, Bwa or Gurunsi, Burkina Faso: a large bird-head mask, with a crocodile as crest, painted white, red and black, with original, old fibre hanging.


A type of mask which is found amongst the tribes of the savanna, the Bobo, Bwa, Gurunsi or Nuna in Burkina Faso. Such crest masks are worn obliquely on the head, and the masked dancer looks out through the large beak. The present composite mask consists of the head of a so-called ‘Calao bird’ with large beak. The ‘Calao bird’ is a hornbill, which plays an important role in the myths of origin of many peoples of west Africa (for example, amongst the Senufo, the Dan, and others). Here the Calao bird displays an entire crocodile as crest. Carved out of one piece of hard, light-coloured wood. The entire composition is painted with clear, flat, geometric motifs, with chequerboard patterns, circles, dots, stripes and zigzag bands of white, red and black natural dyes, in an effective and starkly contrasting manner. With the old, original hanging of the mask costume consisting of dry, light brown plant fibres. A very complete object with only minor, old colour scuffing and a small fracture to the lower edge. Otherwise no damage.
Length: c. 110 cm; width: 18 cm.
First half of the 20th century. (ME)

Provenance:
Austrian private collection.

Lit.:
‘Man and his Vision. The Traditional Wood Sculpture of Burkina Faso’ by Esther A. Dagan, cover photo and ill. p. 12, 24, 25.

Expert: Erwin Melchardt Erwin Melchardt
+43-1-515 60-465

erwin.melchardt@dorotheum.at

20.02.2017 - 14:00

Dosažená cena: **
EUR 3.500,-
Vyvolávací cena:
EUR 2.600,-

Bobo, Bwa or Gurunsi, Burkina Faso: a large bird-head mask, with a crocodile as crest, painted white, red and black, with original, old fibre hanging.


A type of mask which is found amongst the tribes of the savanna, the Bobo, Bwa, Gurunsi or Nuna in Burkina Faso. Such crest masks are worn obliquely on the head, and the masked dancer looks out through the large beak. The present composite mask consists of the head of a so-called ‘Calao bird’ with large beak. The ‘Calao bird’ is a hornbill, which plays an important role in the myths of origin of many peoples of west Africa (for example, amongst the Senufo, the Dan, and others). Here the Calao bird displays an entire crocodile as crest. Carved out of one piece of hard, light-coloured wood. The entire composition is painted with clear, flat, geometric motifs, with chequerboard patterns, circles, dots, stripes and zigzag bands of white, red and black natural dyes, in an effective and starkly contrasting manner. With the old, original hanging of the mask costume consisting of dry, light brown plant fibres. A very complete object with only minor, old colour scuffing and a small fracture to the lower edge. Otherwise no damage.
Length: c. 110 cm; width: 18 cm.
First half of the 20th century. (ME)

Provenance:
Austrian private collection.

Lit.:
‘Man and his Vision. The Traditional Wood Sculpture of Burkina Faso’ by Esther A. Dagan, cover photo and ill. p. 12, 24, 25.

Expert: Erwin Melchardt Erwin Melchardt
+43-1-515 60-465

erwin.melchardt@dorotheum.at


Horká linka kupujících Po-Pá: 9.00 - 18.00
kundendienst@dorotheum.at

+43 1 515 60 200
Aukce: Mimoevropské a domorodé umění
Datum: 20.02.2017 - 14:00
Místo konání aukce: Vídeň | Palais Dorotheum
Prohlídka: 11.02. - 20.02.2017


** Kupní cena vč. poplatku kupujícího a DPH

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