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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.
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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.
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Statuette Punu
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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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Punu Okuyi Mask
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Gabon punu mask on which in relief the nine scale patterns associated with traditional tribal scarifications. It is lined with a dense trim, consisting of side duvets, twisted necklaces in multicolored beads accompanied by bouquets and friezes of cauris. The hulled hairstyle, accentuated by a weaving of plant fibres, is a variant of the different hairstyles worn during the 19th century in Gabon. White, the colour of mourning with protective and beneficial virtues, establishes a connection with the world of spirits and ancestors. 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. These rituals took place during the funerals of notables, women ...


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Punu / Lumbo Tambourine Figure
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Aimed at the cult of matrilineal ancestors, this sculpture of African art of Punu origin, or Lumbu, featuring a woman playing drums or djembe, has a graceful braided hairstyle forming a helmet. The traditional scarifications of 'mabinda' are inscribed in relief on the face and bust. These diamond-arranged checkerboard patterns were incised on the skin as early as adolescence. Traditionally guarantors of the well-being of the community in punu culture, the spirits of water, established in various places of nature, are incarnated in women and will then express themselves through them. Their manifestation results in trances of possession.

The Punu are a Bantu people from Central Africa based mainly in southern Gabon, also in the Republic of Congo in the Niari region. They live in ...

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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Punu Okuyi Mask
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This African Punu Okuyi mask features an imposing headdress. It corresponds to the canons of Punu art with its frontal and temporal scarifications in diamonds.
They 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 the 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 secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi, and the Okuyi dance, on stilts, remaining the most widespread. This kaolin-bleached face mask, reminiscent of a deceased woman, was displayed at the dance called ...


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Punu mask of Okuyi dance
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This African Punu Okuyi mask features a double shell formed by braided and shaped hair. These hairstyles come in different forms and 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 Mwiri, the latter of which was spread out in 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 ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
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This African Punu mask features a look made up of thin arched palpebral slits, a protruding mouth, a forehead and temples with nine-scale patterns representing the scarifications U-002mabinda", a double top cap with side duvets. These hairstyles in various forms 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 whom protective and beneficial virtues were attributed. Desication cracks, traces of xylophages. The counterpart of okuyi masks are the black patina ikwara masks, the color of witchcraft, referring to the occult and evil forces.
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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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Gabon Punu Mask
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Ex-collection French African art.
Refining the white masks of Gabon in a contemporary composition. This African mask has a closed eyelid look, a mouth with protruding lips, on the forehead and temples are embossed the motifs associated with traditional tribal scarifications in nine scales; a large, sophisticated trim, made up of twisted vegetable fibers, coiled collars and rows of cauris, accentuates the contours of the face. The hairstyle in double shells is a variant of the different hairstyles worn during the 19th century in Gabon. A basket helmet extends the double top shell with a woven handle of vegetable fibers. A grainy patina divided into two tones covers the face. White, the colour of mourning, establishes a link with the world of spirits and ancestors to whom protective ...


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Gabon Punu Mask
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Harmony of shapes for Gabonese masks in a contemporary composition.
Face with delicate features embossed on the forehead and temples, the nine-scale patterns associated with traditional scarifications; a thick trim, composed successively of twisted raffia, coiled necklaces and rows of cauris, brings a colorful note. The double-hulled hairstyle, surmounted on this mask with a vegetable fibre handle and extended with a basket helmet, is a variation of the different hairstyles worn during the 19th century in Gabon. A grainy patina, chipped, covers the face. White, the colour of mourning, establishes a link with the world of spirits and ancestors to whom protective and beneficial virtues were attributed. The counterpart of okuyi masks are the black patina ikwara masks, the color of ...


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Mask Punu Tsengi Okuyi
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African art Punu.
Classically wearing a high summit hull, and two small side duvets, the distinctive feature of this regular African tribal mask remains the frontal and jugal stripes, often tinged with red ochre, highlighting the mid-closed look in coffee beans, which would link it to the Tsengi and Ndzébi of the punu-bakaya region. Burgundy red polychromy, white kaolin and dark brown patina. Localized 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 ("le"), the latter spanning into several levels of initiation, to which the belonged all the Punu men, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the saurian scale diuse). The punu did not involve any masks in the ...


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Black Mask Punu Ikwara
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Ex-French tribal art collection.
African art Punu and its African masks of ancestors. This African mask for dance ikwara was used, according to Alisa LaGamma, during difficult palavers. A vigilante mask dancing on small stilts, it is capped with a summit shell with two side duvets. Checkered scarifications named mabinda, symbolizing according to some authors the nine clans behind the Kongo kingdom or the migratory routes, are inscribed on this copy covered with a locally abraded black patina. Copper nails also enhance the dark surface. Localized abrasions, erosions and cracks. Black and burgundy skate.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete , and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter ...


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Punu Mask
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Refining 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 ("le"), the latter spread into several levels of initiation, to which all the Men Punu 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 secret societies, which also had a judicial function, included several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba , the Mukuyi, and the acrobatic dance of the okuyi , on stilts, remainthe most widespread. This face mask, evoking a deceased woman, was displayed during the dance called Okuyi. It combines the mabinda sign with ...


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Okuyi Dance Lumbu Mask
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Within the group called Shira , the Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, of Bantu origin and from the Congo Kingdom, have 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. This rare mask with a kaolin-bleached face, evoking a deceased woman, was manifested during the Okuyi dance and the cults dedicated to ancestors, ritual practices they shared with the Punu. The cheekbones are high in an ovoid face devoid of scarifications, the arched eyelids half-closed, the nose narrow, the mouth smiling, and the chin pointed. The presence of horns, one of which is damaged, is probably associated with a bush spirit. Among the Lumbu, boyo is a local equivalent of ...


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Punu Mask
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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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