Armlet (Gungulu)

Date:

Late 19th/early 20th century

Artist:

Gurunsi
Burkina Faso
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

The Gurunsi encompass many cultural groups who are linked through their use of the common Gur language. Ivory armlets (gungulu) are worn by Gurunsi women in the Upper Volta region of present-day Burkina Faso. The Gurunsi treat repairs as an opportunity to enhance the design, as seen in the delicate iron tabs on this armlet. This piece, formed lengthwise from the hollow segment of the tusk, is composed of a curved rectangular section with a central hole that would have exposed the skin of the wearer.
—Permanent Collection Object Description

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Gurunsi

Title

Armlet (Gungulu)

Origin

Burkina Faso

Date

1867–1933

Medium

Ivory and iron

Dimensions

11.4 × 22.2 × 5.1 cm (4 1/2 × 8 3/4 × 2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Paula Zurcher in memory of Elizabeth Paepcke

Reference Number

1999.828

Extended information about this artwork

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