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Punu Okuyi Mask (N° 17381)

Refinement of Gabon's white African masks in a contemporary version.
This African mask sports a look of bulbous coffee bean eyelids, the well-drawn protruding mouth is closed, on the forehead a pattern associated with traditional tribal scarifications in nine scales is drawn; a thick raffia trim, embellished with cauris and colorful pearl necklaces, emphasizes the face. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A basket helmet, covered with canvas, extends the double top shell at the back. A two-tone patina covers the face. Crack on one of the hulls. Okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts waved 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.  

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Originrécolté in-situ
Material(s)wood et cauris
Weight1.40 Kg
Estimated datingcontemporain
Socle inclusOptional

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