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Punu mask (N° 23313)

Serenity of the African masks of the Okuyi dances

The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri i> ("to lead") which was spread over several levels of initiation, and to which all Punu men belonged. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, featured several dances, including the Leopard Dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi, and the Dance of the < i> Okuyi, on stilts, remaining the most widespread.
This kaolin whitewashed face mask, an evocation of a deceased woman, was exhibited during the dance named Okuyi.
Damaged internal upper contour.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyPunu
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height cm38
Width21 cm
Weight0.85 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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