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Initiation mask – Wood – Punu – Gabon


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Old wooden initiation mask from the PUNU tribe, Gabon.
PUNU masks are thought to represent ancestors` faces. They are worn during funerals and by a Moukouji initiate who stands on stilts. This masks has a realistic, white face with protruding pursed lips, T-shaped nose, globular protruding eyes incised with a curve, high-dome forehead and characteristic ridged high coiffure, which reflect the PUNU women`s style.
Fair condition with a beautiful aged patina of age.

Provenance: Justin Barthels (1934-2021), gallery owner Maastricht (NL).

Object Initiation Mask
Ethnic group: Punu
Country: Gabon
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 36x21x12 cm
Weight: 1300 gram
Condition: Fair condition, used with some signs of wear


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