Dance mask - Wood - Ikwara Mokulu - Punu - Gabon

Description
Dance mask - Wood - Ikwara Mokulu - Punu - Gabon
2nd half 20th century - Excellent

Fantastic Punu-Ikwara-Mokulu dance mask.
The face has slit eyes with swollen eyelids, a nose, a mouth with very thick lips and a keloid on the forehead. The headdress has two large lobes flanked by side braids.
A fine black shiny patina of plant pigments and scarifications on the sides of the face..
This black mask is also called Black Madonna or Night mask. It represents men or old women. They only dance on stilts at dusk or at night. The poles are shorter than those used by the white masks.
Black masks are rarer than the white ones, perhaps because of their dangerous and frankly evil nature, which has prompted the villagers to keep them hidden from European collectors.

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Lot details
Object
Dance mask
Indigenous object name
Ikwara Mokulu
Ethnic group/ culture
Punu
Region/ country
Gabon
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Excellent
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
15×19×30 cm
Weight
470 g
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