Gurunsi Figure – Burkina Faso

A male Gurunsi altar figure showing monumental stature and weight in its proportions. Viewed frontally, the torso, arms and compact thighs offer a dense sculptural mass with great tension, while in profile, the raised chin, bent knees, and protruding belly and buttocks present a poised but gentle silhouette. Relatively naturalistic features and a thoughtful pose lend a strong air of individual personality to this figure, which likely represented a mythical clan founder.

Late 19th or early 20th century
11" h 4" w
Wood
Provenance: Ex Rena Berger; Bruce Frank Primitive Art; Michael Oliver
#498
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