TRIBAL AFRICAN ART

KURUMBA

 The Kurumba people live in the north of Burkina Faso. They cultivate millet and cotton, and rear cattle in the savannah regions. The Kurumba produce a mask headdress in the form of antelope head. The approach is naturalistic, although there is some stylization. The powerful neck supports a head with a pointed protruding snout, and this line extends upwards, beyond the long sharp ears, in a gentle curve ending with the vigorous towering horns. These finely-shaped antelope heads are colorfully painted with large triangles in white, brownish-red, black, and light-blue, and the triangles are filled in with rows of spots. The headdress represents Yirige, the culture hero, who drove away evil spirits at the first tilling of the land. He also appears at the death ritual following the mourning period, and with the same task.

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