It is difficult to tell whether this Punu mask is male or female but it does have some masculine looking features. The mask measures 16 inches tall and weighs 1.5 pounds. *Stand not included*
Punu Mask with Masculine Features 16″ – Gabon – African Art
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Some imperfections and wear and tear. See photos or inquire for more 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.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.