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Punu figure (N° 17564)
This statuette dedicated to the worship of ancestors, rites of healing or divination, presents a face inscribed with a characteristic ethnic mark, 'mabinda', carved in relief, and on the bust of scarifications in diamond. These patterns were scarified on the skin of teenagers. Clear abrad patina, desicting cracks on the head.
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The Punu are a Bantu people of Central Africa based mainly in southern 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.
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