A Punu mask, Gabon, of ovoid, hollowed form with a threeparted, domed coiffure. The serenity of the face – the first aesthetic quality of the Punu masks – responds to the boldness of the headdress. This striking contrast, accentuated by that of the hues, is magnified by the fullness of the forms, the harmony of the model and the sensitivity of the lines, especially in the curved linear echo of the higharched eyelids. The wear in the kaolin coating (pembé) reveals a light wood, enhanced with reddish pigments on the fleshy lips, remnants of old fabric annd traces of sacrifications (?) or blackened painted surface.
The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River (Gabon) and belong to the 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 in the area where they continue to inhabit to this day. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families, and social cohesion is ensured by a society known as moukouji. Its primary role is to regulate community life with regards to social and judicial matters, and mainly it applies itself to the neutralization of evil forces. To this end, officiates of moukoudji utilize a cult kit that includes statuettes, human relics and masks. Source: Zyama
800 – 1.200,- Euro
Height: 30 cm
Weight: 1,1 kg