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Punu kneeling figure (N° 18714)
French African art collection.
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Vowed to the cult of ancestors of matrilineal type, this sculpture of African art of Punu, or Lumbu origin, depicting a kneeling masked woman, has a headdress composed of shells. Traditionally guarantors of the well-being of the community in the Punu culture, the water spirits, established in various places in nature, are embodied in women and will then express themselves through them. Their manifestation translates into trance of possession. Abraded velvety matte patina. Erosion at the top.
The Punu are a Bantu people from Central Africa settled mainly in the south of Gabon, also in the Republic of Congo in the Niari region. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families. Social cohesion is ensured by the Moukouji society, whose essential role is to subjugate the evil spirits of the forest. They honor their ancestors and geniuses with magical rites. Mainly known for their white masks of the Mukudji society, they have produced few sculpted figures.
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