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Punu /Shira Mask
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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.


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Punu Okuyi Mask
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Ex Belgian tribal art collection.

Among the great variety of African Punu masks, this one is topped by a high shell framed by braids ending in curved crescents. The face offers a carefully modeled and pointed chin. The traditional scarification is raised with red ochre. These white masks from Gabon, named bitengi (sing.: itengi), were particularly used at funerals and during the initiation of young boys. Abraded matt patina.
The masks of the Punu were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter being spread over several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The Punu did not use any mask in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful ...


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Okuyi Dance Punu Mask
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A very sophisticated braided hairstyle, extended in braids to frame the kaolin-coated face of this punu mask. Delicately traced eyebrows highlighting the bulbous, half-closed eyelids, and prominent lips raised with red ochre make up a serene physiognomy. Cracks of desiccation, internal marks of use.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter being spread over several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the saurian scaled pattern). The Punu did not use masks in Bwiti rituals, unlike the Tsogo. This object, evocative of a dead young woman, was displayed during the dance ...


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Punu Mask
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This African mask with globular eyelids and a narrow pointed chin is one of the stylistic variants of the white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi). A skillfully braided hairstyle, gathered in shells, accompanies the headband limiting the forehead, on which is inscribed a single checkerboard scarification, mabinda , often tinged with red ochre. A chinstrap enhances the contours of the face. Abraded matte patina. In primitive art, this tribal mask of Gabon was associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete and Mwiri, the latter of which had several levels of initiation, to which all the Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The Punu did not use masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret ...


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Mask Punu or Tsengi Ikwara
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Former Belgian tribal art collection>As African art Punu and its African masks of ancestors.
This African mask of a rare type, intended for dance ikwara was used, according to Alisa LaGamma, during difficult palavers. This dark-coloured vigilante mask danced on small stilts. It is covered with crepe shells that men wore in Punu-Bayaka countries at the beginning of the 20th century. ( " Punu L. Perrois and C. Grand-Dufay, p.57, ed. 5Continents) A network of checkerboard or hatched scarifications are inscribed on the forehead, eyelids, and wide oblique band on the lower part of the face. A burgundy patina, where the abrasion zones reveal a light wood, covers the room. The mask was obviously worn.
High on a base: 45 cm.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were ...


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Punu / Shira Mask
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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.


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Black mask Punu Ikwara
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The African art Punu and its African masks of ancestors.
This African mask for ikwara was used, according to Alisa LaGamma, during difficult palavers. A vigilante mask dancing on small stilts, he is wearing a toque with short side duvets. Scarifications are written diagonally on the face covered with a locally abraded black patina. Abrasions. Black patina. Discreet red pigment highlights.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete , and the Mwiri , the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The Punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike Tsogo . These powerful secret societies, which also had ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
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This African mask is one of the stylistic variants of Gabon's white masks, itengi , (pl. bitengi) with surprisingly realistic features. In early art, this tribal mask from Gabon was associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti , Bwete , and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spreading into several levels of initiation, to which all the Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi, and the dance of the Okuyi, on stilts, remaining the most widespread. This kaolin-bleached face mask, reminiscent of a deceased woman, was displayed at the ...


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Black mask Punu Ikwara
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The African art Punu and its African masks of ancestors.
This African mask for ikwara was used, according to Alisa LaGamma, during difficult palavers. A vigilante mask dancing on small stilts, he is wearing a headband tinged with dark red with a top hat with short side duvets. Linear scarifications are inscribed on the face covered with a locally abraded black patinaAbrasions, erosions. Black and burgundy patina.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies in Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete , and the Mwiri ("diriger"), the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the Caiman. The Punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike Tsogo . These ...


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Female Punu figure
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Deze beeltenis, gemaakt door het Punu-volk van Congo-Brazzaville, wordt in verband gebracht met het universum van de watergeesten, die in de Punu-cultuur garant staan voor het welzijn van de gemeenschap. Volgens deze tradities worden de watergeesten, die zich op verschillende plaatsen in de natuur vestigen, geïncarneerd in vrouwen en zullen zich dan via hen uiten. Hun manifestatie neemt de vorm aan van bezetenheidstrances. De ogen van het personage wijzen op een mediamieke toestand door de uitgeholde pupillen. De vergrote oren verwijzen naar het ontwaken van de zintuigen, en de mand op de rug naar de vruchtbaarheid en overvloed die in verband worden gebracht met deze geesten, die ook zorgen voor vruchtbare visvangst. De voorliefde van het Punu-volk voor bekwame hoofdtooien bestaande uit ...


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