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Punu / Shira Mask (N° 18431)

Lacking scarifications and a beautiful sobriety, this mask offers a face with a helmet shell extended with thick jugular mats. The bulging, arched eyelids reflect the pattern of the eyebrows, while a flat nose rises above a protruding mouth to the regular lips. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. This mask was intended to establish a link with the world of spirits and ancestors to which were attributed protective and beneficial virtues. Satin patina, glossy, dark brown and light golden brown. Abrasions..
The okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts agitated in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased with a mask depicting a beautiful young woman.
This rituals took place during the funerals of notables, women who gave birth to twins or were twins themselves, but also on the occasion of the birth of twins. They still accompany, today, the dances of rejoicing.  

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OriginEx. coll. belge Mercier
EthnyPunu
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height30
Width20
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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