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Punu Okuyi African Mask with Stand 14″ – Gabon

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Type of Object

Face Mask and stand

Country of Origin

Gabon

Ethnicity

Punu

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

11.5” without stand; 14" with stand

Width (Inches)

7.5”

Depth (Inches)

5.5”

Weight (Pounds)

1.5lbs without stand; 2.5lbs with stand

Overall Condition

Good with minor imperfections.

Vetting

Not vetted. I think it is very old, but made for the collecting market. It is unlike any of the more contemporary versions.

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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.