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Punu mask (N° 21862)
This African mask with globular eyelids in a harmonious face is one of the stylistic variants of the white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi). A skillfully plaited hairstyle, gathered in a high shell extended by short duvets, accompanies the headband limiting the forehead.
The checkerboard scarifications, mabinda, are tinged with red ochre. A chin strap enhances the contours of the face.
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Abraded matte patina.
In primitive art, this tribal mask from Gabon was 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 involve any mask in Bwiti rituals, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, featured several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi, and the i> Okuyi, on stilts, remaining the most widespread. This kaolin-bleached face mask, an evocation of a deceased woman, was exhibited during the dance named Okuyi
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