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Gorgeous Punu Figure on Custom Base 30″ – Gabon – African Art

$450.00 $225.00

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This Punu statue features a female figure with gorgeous scarification on her face and body. She measures 30 inches tall and comes attached to a custom base for easy display.  There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Gabon

Ethnicity

Punu

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

30"

Width (Inches)

7”

Depth (Inches)

6.5"

Weight (Pounds/ Ounces)

8 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Punu People

“The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River and belong to a group of tribes known as Shira which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola with the Eshira, the Lumbo, the Vili, the Galoa and the Vungu people, the Punu migrated northwards during the 18th century and settled where they are now. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families and social cohesion is ensured by a society known as Moukouji, whose primary role is to subjugate harmful forest spirits. During ceremonies related to the society, small statues and masks appear which are often covered in white pigments alluding to their anti-witchcraft functions.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.