Old maternity statue of the GURUNSI, Burkina Faso, ca 1950
Stylistically a striking appearance, this beautiful old maternity statue of the Gurunsi from Burkina Faso. Smooth round shapes yet a powerful appearance. Phenomenal face, minimalist in design but also self-conscious and strong. The statue is made of hard wood and has some shrinkage cracks in the length. A triangular notch on both breasts. A chip has been cut off the feet to neutralize the charge. Traces of anointing and use as well as signs of age. The statue is mounted on a foot, which is easy to lift off. Look closely at the photos for the condition!
Length: 45 cm, including foot approx. 47.5 cm
Weight: 1407 grams
Origin: Ghana or Burkina Faso. The Gurunsi live in both areas.
Date: mid 20th century
Provenance: Obtained from a private Flemish collection