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Initiation mask - Wood - Punu - Gabon - Asian African Art
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Initiation mask – Wood – Punu – Gabon

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Object Initiation Mask
Ethnic group: Punu
Country: Gabon
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Second half 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 33x20x13 cm
Weight: 560 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear

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SKU: 22.143 Category: Search for: , ,
Description

Stylistic 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.
This mask has raised lozenge scarifications on the forehead, which are thought to be associated either with a female ancestor, or with a southern sub-group of the PUNU tribe. Good condition with slight clear traces of wear and tear.

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