Mask - Wood - Punu (ou Bapounou) - Gabon

Description
Mask - Wood - Punu (ou Bapounou) - Gabon
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The Punu people live along the Ngoumie River in Gabon.
The famous white masks of Punu people were used during the performance of okuyi, one of the rites of mwiri, an important society of male initiation that spread throughout the South and the Centre of Gabon. They are characterized by a face with juvenile traits, semi-closed eyelids under slightly elevated arched eyebrows, a fine and realistic nose, a frowned mouth with painted red lips, painted in red and an elaborate coat with a crest. The hairstyles of these masks may vary.

Lot details
Object
Mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Punu (ou Bapounou)
Region/ country
Gabon
Material
Wood
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
35×24×15 cm
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