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Large slit drum - Wood - Punu - Gabon - Asian African Art
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Large slit drum – Wood – Punu – Gabon


mid 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear

Object:Large slit drum
Ethnic group/ culture:Punu
Region/ country:Gabon
Period:mid 20th century
Condition:Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:75×24×22 cm
Weight:5100 g

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Authentic wooden slit drum from the PUNU tribe, Gabon.
PUNU masks are thought to represent ancestors` faces. This drum is displayed with a realistic figure, 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.
The face has a raised lozenge scarification on the forehead, which are thought to be associated either with a female ancestor, or with a southern sub-group of the PUNU tribe.
It is thought it was used as prestige object, during magical ceremonies.
Considered the age fair condition with clear traces of wear and tear due to tribal use.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).