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Punu Okuyi Mask (N° 18442)
br>Refination of white African masks from Gabon in a contemporary version.
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This African mask features coffee bean eyelids, a well-drawn protruding lip mouth, and scarification patterns, in nine scales, 'mabinda', are inscribed on the forehead and temples. A raffia trim on a basket frame, embellished with cursing and necklaces twisted with colorful beads, highlights the contours of the face. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon.
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.
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|Origin||récolté in situ 2004|
|Material(s)||wood, raphia, perles et cauris|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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