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Punu Statue with Shiny Patina 21″ – Gabon – African Art

$175.00

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This Punu style statue features a female figure in a standing position. She has a dark glossy patina with beautiful scarification marks on her face and body. The statue measures 21 inches tall and weighs 3 pounds.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

Gabon

Ethnicity

Punu

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

21"

Width (Inches)

5”

Depth (Inches)

3"

Weight (Pounds)

3 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking on head and body. Imperfections and wear and tear. See photos

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.