Bird mask - ROM2015_14547_1


Bird mask

Maker: Unknown artist or workshop, Nuna style
Medium:Wood, pigment
Geography: Burkina Faso
Date: before 1981
H. 23.4 cm, L. 117.3 cm, W. 19.8 cm
Object number: 2009.126.155
Credit Line: Donated by Esther Amrad Dagan in memory of her daughter Halit, and in homage to unknown African artists
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThe Nuna, Nunuma, Winiama and Léla (often referred to using the pejorative term “gurunsi”) carve masks that represent spiritual beings from the wilderness, covered with red, white, and black geometric patterns. This style has influenced mask-making throughout Burkina Faso. Wearing full costumes made of fibres - dyed red, black, and white using industrial dyes - the wearers of zoomorphic Nuna masks imitate, in a stylized way, the behaviours of the animals they represent.  The visual impact of these masks has made them a favourite of the art market. Local workshops have been very active in producing both for the local and the international markets.
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