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Punu /Shira Mask (N° 19429)

Coated with white and devoid of scarification, this mask presents a face covered with a single non-striped shell, slightly perched in an oblique visor. The rounded eyelids follow the pattern of the eyebrows, while the fine nose overlooks a well-drawn mouth. These hairstyles, which come in different forms, illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. This mask was intended to establish a link with the world of the spirits and ancestors to whom protective and beneficial virtues were attributed. Semi-matt patina.
Okuyi masks were exhibited during rituals of ancient origins in which dancers on stilts were waving in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased person with a mask representing a beautiful young woman. Watch the video

 


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OriginEx-collection E. Caldwell - USA
EthnyPunu
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width23
Weight0.75 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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