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Punu mask
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Cross scarifications adorn the face of this African tribal art mask. The headdress is made of a single non-striated shell, perched like a visor. Under the accent of the eyebrows, long curved eyelids adopt a horizontal line in the same way as the mouth. This mask with serene features was intended to establish a link with the world of spirits and ancestors, to whom protective and beneficial virtues were attributed. Smooth patina.
Okuyi masks were exhibited during rituals with very ancient origins during which dancers mounted on stilts moved in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased person using a mask representing a beautiful young woman. .
These rituals took place during the funerals of notables, of women who had given birth to twins or were themselves twins, but also on the ...


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Punu mask
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The African masks of the Punu express great serenity. This version of the punu type, whose braided headdress encircles the face in its entirety, offers fine features. Velvety matte patina.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter ranging in several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the saurian scale motif). This object, evocation of a deceased young woman, was exhibited during the dance called Okuyi. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, featured several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi or the Okuyi depending on the place, ...


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Lumbu mask
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Collectie Afrikaanse kunst Jauregui.
Compositioneel werk met elementen van het Kongo-Lumbu-type. Een zekere sereniteit kenmerkt de Afrikaanse maskers van Gabon. Fluweelachtige matte patina, erosies.

Dit type masker verscheen tijdens de Okuyi-dans en de culten gewijd aan de voorouders, rituele praktijken die met de Punu werden gedeeld. Binnen de groep genaamd Shira, vestigde de Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, van Bantoe-oorsprong en afkomstig uit het Congo-koninkrijk, zich aan de kust van Gabon en in de Republiek Congo, in het midden Ogooue. Ze bewaren de beenderen van hun voorouders in reliekschrijnmanden versierd met beeldjes en andere prestigieuze voorwerpen.
Onder de Lumbu is de boyo een lokaal equivalent van de mwiri: hij was verantwoordelijk voor het handhaven ...


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Dit driehoekige gezichtsmasker, dat een jonge overledene oproept, werd tentoongesteld tijdens de Okuyi. Bedekt met meerdere getrapte schelpen, zijn de ingekraste, dambordpatronen op het voorhoofd, mabinda, geschuurd. Deze keloïde tekens worden volgens sommige auteurs geassocieerd met de negen clans die het Kongo-koninkrijk hebben gesticht.
Afgeschuurde matte patina, uitdrogingsscheurtjes.

De witte maskers van Gabon, itengi, (mv. bitengi) werden geassocieerd met de verschillende geheime genootschappen van Gabon, waaronder de Bwiti, Bwete en de Mwiri< /i> i> ("leiden"), waarbij de laatste over verschillende inwijdingsniveaus is verdeeld en waartoe alle Punu-mannen behoorden. Het embleem was de kaaiman.

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A serene softness distinguishes the African masks of the Punu. The latter, whose braids envelop the face in its entirety, offers arched eyelids and rounded cheekbones. Velvety matte patina, abrasions. The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter ranging in several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the saurian scale motif). This object, evocation of a deceased young woman, was exhibited during the dance named Okuyi. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, featured several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi or the Okuyi depending on the ...


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Among the wide variety of African masks Punu, this example is topped with double shells framed by short braids. Traditional "mabinda" checkerboard scarifications adorn the female face. These white masks from Gabon called bitengi (sing.: itengi) were performed especially at funerals and during the initiations of young boys. Two-tone matte patina. Abrasions.
The masks of the Punu were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose the emblem was the caiman. The Punus did not involve any mask in Bwiti rituals, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including ...


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The white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. Bitengi) are generally distinguished by their shell hairstyle and checkerboard scarifications, mabinda , tinted with red ocher. These marks, here linear, are attributed to the Tsengi and Ndzébi of the Punu-Bakaya region. A chin strap enhances the contours of the face.
Abraded matte patina.
In the first art, this tribal mask from Gabon was associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti , Bwete , and the Mwiri ("lead"), the latter spreading 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 the rituals of Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, featured ...


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African Punu art and its African ancestor masks.
This African mask for the ikwara dance was used, according to Alisa LaGamma, during difficult palavers. A vigilante mask dancing on small stilts, it is topped with a hat matched with short side bows. Linear scarifications are inscribed on the face covered with a black patina that is locally abraded. Erosions.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("directing") ,the latter ranging in several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged,and whose emblem was the cayman. The Punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of Bwiti ,unlike the Tsogo . These powerful secret societies, which also had ...


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This unusual African mask is one of the stylistic variants of the white masks of the Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi) offering a subtle model. In early art, this tribal mask from Gabon was associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti , Bwete , and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spreading into several levels of initiation, to which belonged to all the men Punu, and whose emblem was the caiman. The punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, dedicated to ancestors, unlike the Tsogo . These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi, and the dance of the Okuyi, on stilts, remaining the most widespread. This kaolin-bleached face mask, evoking a ...


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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.
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 ...


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This African mask, of reduced proportions, and presenting a harmonious face, forms one of the stylistic variants of the white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi). A skillfully braided hairstyle, gathered in hulls, highlights the neat features. Checkerboard scarifications, mabinda, often tinted with red ochre, are inscribed on the face bordered by a ruff.
Matte patina.
In early art, this Gabonese tribal mask was associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("directing"),the latter of which ranged in several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The Punu did not use any masks in the Bwiti rituals, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had ...


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A certain serenity characterizes the African masks Punu of Gabon. This version topped with a central shell framed by short ponytails offers engraved eyebrows emphasizing half-closed eyelids and full lips.
Velvety matte patina, abrasions and erosions.

Desication crack.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter ranging in several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged. This mask, evocation of a deceased young woman, was exhibited during the dance named Okuyi. In some villages, at dawn or dusk, the Okuyi was accompanied by songs in an esoteric language that only initiates could understand. (Punu, L. Perrois and C. ...


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Lumbu, Lumbo, Okuyi mask
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This traditional African mask from Gabon presents a face whitened with kaolin, evoking a deceased woman. It was used during the Okuyi dance and cults dedicated to the ancestors, ritual practices shared with the Punu. The regular face is devoid of scarification marks, the arched eyelids are half closed, the mouth with colored lips is half open, and the chin is narrow. The presence of horns, with damaged tips, is probably associated with a bush spirit. Within the group named Shira ,the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and originally from the Congo kingdom, settled on the coastal part of Gabon, and in the Republic of Congo, in the middle Ogooue. They keep the bones of their ancestors in reliquary baskets decorated with statuettes and other prestigious objects.
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Punu Okuyi Mask
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This African mask from Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) is topped with double hulls, made up of braided hair behind a frontal band, dividing on either side of a median stripe. The specificity of this mask consists of a long lateral braid running along the face. These African masks of Gabon were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti , Bwete , and the Mwiri ("directing"),the latter of which ranged in several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the cayman. The Punu did not use any masks in the Bwiti rituals, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, of which the leopard dance, the Esomba ,the Mukuyi, and the Okuyi dance, on stilts, remained the ...


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Punu, Pounou, Okuyi mask
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Serenity of African masks of 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 ("directing"),the latter of which ranged through several levels of initiation, and to which all Punu men belonged,and whose emblem was the caiman. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, of which the leopard dance, the Esomba ,the Mukuyi ,and the Okuyi dance, on stilts, remained the most widespread.
This kaolin-bleached face mask, an evocation of a deceased woman, was displayed during the dance named Okuyi. Classically topped with a double top shell, and two small side bonnets, the distinguishing feature however remains the ...


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Punu OKuyi mask
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Among the great variety of African Punu masks, this example is topped with double shells framed by short braids. The perfectly oval face offers the traditional checkerboard scarification. These white masks from Gabon called bitengi (sing.: itengi) were notably performed at funerals and during the initiation of young boys. Two-tone matte patina.
The masks of the Punu were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("to lead"), the latter of which had several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The Punu did not use masks in the Bwiti rituals, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including the leopard ...


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Female Punu figure
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Dedicated to the cult of matrilineal ancestors, this African art sculpture of Punu or Lumbu origin, depicting a standing woman, has a graceful braided headdress forming a helmet. The traditional "mabinda" scarifications are inscribed in relief on the face and bust. These checkerboard patterns arranged in rhombuses were incised on the skin in adolescence. Traditionally the guarantors of the well-being of the community in Punu culture, the water spirits, established in various places in nature, are incarnated in women and express themselves through them. Their manifestation takes the form of possession trances.
Crack of desiccation.
The Punu are a Bantu people from Central Africa who live mainly in the south of Gabon, also in the Republic of Congo in the Niari region. ...


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Tsengi/Punu Ikwara Mask
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According to Alisa LaGamma, this African mask from Gabon, intended for the dance ikwara was used during difficult palavers. This dark-colored mask of justice danced on small stilts. It is topped with crepe shells that men wore in Punu-Bayaka country at the beginning of the 20th century. ("Punu" L. Perrois and C. Grand-Dufay, p.57, ed. 5Continents) The scarifications extend horizontally the eyelids and the corners of the lips. Some white masks of the Punu were however repainted in black for the dance ikwara .
Abraded matte patina, erosions.
The masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were 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 ...


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Punu mask of the Okuyi dance
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Braids organized in a single horizontal protruding shell cap the kaolin-coated face of this Punu mask. The modelling of the face and the feminine features give it a great softness, characteristic of white masks from Gabon. Desiccation cracks, erosions. The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("lead"), the latter of which ranged through several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the saurian scale motif). The Punu did not use masks in the Bwiti rituals, unlike the Tsogo. This object, an evocation of a dead young woman, was displayed during the dance called Okuyi. These powerful secret societies, which also ...

Punu mask of the Okuyi
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A double top shell, flanked on both sides by two short oblique comforters caps this copy. The face offers a subtle modeling with a benevolent expression, highlighted by the traditional chequered keloids "mabinda". Abraded matt patina, erosions.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were 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 (hence, for some, the saurian scaled pattern). The Punu did not use masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. This object, evocative of a dead young woman, was exhibited during the dance called Okuyi. These powerful secret societies, ...


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Punu Tutelary Figure
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This Figure of African Art of Punu origin features a hairstyle consisting of a double padded top shell extending into the nape of the neck and accompanied laterally by two duvets. An oval face with a pointed chin has classic features. On the bust of the motifs depicting the checkered keloids extend from the chest to the protruding umbilical. These checkerboard scarifications were engraved on the skin of teenagers.
Dedicated to the worship of ancestors, to the rites of healing or divination, she shares with the Kongo a peculiarity that consisted of introducing magical ingredients into a deep hole pierced for this purpose in the headdress.
The Punu are a Bantu people from Central Africa settled mainly in southern Gabon, also in the Republic of Congo in the Niari region. They ...


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