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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 ...


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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 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 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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Punu Mask
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These African masks from Gabon were associated with Gabon's various secret societies, including Bwiti, Bwete , and Mwiri ("le"), the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all belonged Punu men, and whose emblem was the caiman. The punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, 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, remainthe most widespread. This kaolin-bleached face mask, reminiscent of a deceased woman, was displayed at the dance called Okuyi. Classically capped with shells, the checkered scarifications, mabinda, absent on this copy, would constitute keloids associated, according to ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
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Refinement of Gabon's white African masks in a contemporary version.
This African mask sports a look of bulbous coffee bean eyelids, the well-drawn protruding mouth is closed, on the forehead a pattern associated with traditional tribal scarifications in nine scales is drawn; a thick raffia trim, embellished with cauris and colorful pearl necklaces, emphasizes the face. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A basket helmet, covered with canvas, extends the double top shell at the back. A two-tone patina covers the face. Crack on one of the hulls. Okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts waved in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased with a mask ...


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Okuyi Dance Punu Mask
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A single top shell, flanked on either side by two short horizontal comforters, caps this model. The eyeballs are largely underlined by an arched rib that also crosses the chin. Numerous erosions. br /> 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 divided into 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 Bwiti rituals, unlike the Tsogo. This object, evocative of a dead young woman, was displayed during the Okuyi dance. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, among which the ...


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Punu Tsengui Mask
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Contrasting with the powdery patina of kaolin, the frontal band tinted with red ochre is a characteristic of the feminine masks tsangui , tsengui, connecting this mask to the shira-punu style. A double top shell, flanked by two short side comforters, caps this piece. A thin rib raised in black is also inscribed from the temples to the nose. 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 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 any mask in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
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Among the variety of Punu African masks, this one, carved in heavy wood, has a single central shell framed with comforters and has stretched lips and crescent-shaped incised eyelids. These white masks from Gabon named bitengi (sing.: itengi) were used especially during funerals and during the initiations of young boys. Residues encrusted with kaolin, eroded outline.
They 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. The Punu did not use any mask in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, ...


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Punu Mask
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This African mask, refined and reduced in volume, is one of the stylistic variants of the white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) with a face endowed with astonishingly realistic features. A high, skillfully braided hairstyle gathered in a single shell surmounts the band limiting the forehead. The checkerboard scarification, mabinda , often tinged with red ochre, is discreet. The double chinstrap enhances the face's shape. The kaolin forms a velvety patina, abraded, on the whole. In primitive art, this tribal mask of Gabon was associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete and Mwiri, the latter of which had several levels of initiation, to which all the Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The Punu did not use masks in the ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
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br>Refination of white African masks from Gabon in a contemporary version.
This African mask features coffee bean eyelids, a well-drawn protruding lip mouth, and scarification patterns, in nine scales, 'mabinda', are inscribed on the forehead and temples. A raffia trim on a basket frame, embellished with cursing and necklaces twisted with colorful beads, highlights the contours of the face. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon.
The okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts agitated in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased with a mask depicting a beautiful young woman.
This rituals took place during the funerals of notables, women who gave ...


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Punu kneeling figure
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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 ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
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This African Punu Okuyi mask features a double shell formed by braided and shaped hair. These hairstyles in various forms illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. This sculpture corresponds to the canons of Punu art with its frontal and temporal scarifications in diamond and checkerboard, mabinda. A collar also surrounds the entire face. The abraded white patina corresponds to the color of mourning, which establishes a link with the world of spirits and ancestors.
These masks were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spanning into several levels of initiation, to which all punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman. The punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the ...


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Okuyi Dance Punu Mask
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Internalized and peaceful expression for this reduced version of the famous punu mask on which the nine scale patterns associated with traditional tribal scarifications are highlighted; a single braided shell caps the head. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A white patina, abraded, covers the face in contrast to the brown red from which the keloids and lips are dyed. The contours were damaged by storage conditions. Erosions.
The color of mourning is white, establishes a link with the world of spirits and ancestors to which were attributed protective and beneficial virtues. Okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts waved in order to invoke the spirit of ...


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Punu mask of Okuyi dance
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The African masks of Okuyi dances.
This face mask, evoking a deceased woman, is divided into two colours. It was exhibited during the dance named Okuyi. In addition to the braids gathered in shell that make up her hairstyle, a rich ornament composed of glass beads, cauris and raffia braid highlights the oval of the face entured with a wicker cord. Traditional checkered scarifications, mabinda, are gloomy.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies in Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete , and the Mwiri ("diriger"), the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the Caiman. The Punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful ...


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Punu mask of the Okuyi
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This African Punu mask features a look of fine arched palpebral slits, a protruding mouth, a forehead with an unconventional vertical pattern, a top shell with side duvets. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A collar also surrounds the entire head. The face is powdered with white kaolin, the color of mourning, which establishes a link with the world of spirits and ancestors to which were attributed protective and beneficial virtues. Desication cracks, traces of xylophages. Okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts waved in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased with a mask depicting a beautiful young woman.
This rituals took place during the funerals ...


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Punu mask of Okuyi dance
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Refinement of Gabon's white African masks in a contemporary version.
This African mask features coffee bean eyelids, a narrow mouth with protruding lips, and scarification patterns, in nine scales, 'mabinda', are inscribed on the forehead and temples; a thick raffia trim, embellished with cursings and colorful pearl necklaces, highlights the contours. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A basket helmet, covered with canvas, extends the double top shell at the back.
The okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts agitated in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased with a mask depicting a beautiful young woman.
This rituals took place during ...


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 Punu figure
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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.

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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Gabon s Punu Crest Mask
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Rare crest mask, punu face masks being more common. A large sagittal crest shell, enhanced with two curved duvets, 'buyi', characteristic of the old punu masks according to L. Perrois and C. Grand-Dufay in Punu (ED. 5Continents), forms the braided headdress of this mask carved in a reddish wood, once coated with ritual kaolin, mpemba . A thick flared base makes up the neck, whose openings made it possible to secure the fabric enveloping the dancer. Patine mate, imprinted with the use of a mask that has obviously danced.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri, the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman ...


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