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Black Mask Punu Ikwara
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Punu Okuyi Mask
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This African mask has a look made of half-closed almond eyelids, the protruding well-drawn mouth is closed, on the forehead is a pattern associated with traditional tribal scarifications in nine scales; a double hull made up of braids caps the head. These hairstyles in various forms illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A collar also surrounds the entire face. A white patina, abraded, covers the face in contrast to the red brown dyed by the keloids, ears and lips.
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 witchcraft, referring to the occult and evil ...


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Punu helmet mask
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Refining Gabon's white masks in a contemporary version.
This African mask has a look made of coffee bean eyelids, the protruding mouth is well drawn, on the forehead is a pattern associated with traditional tribal scarifications in nine scales; a thick trim, composed of cauris and colorful pearl necklaces that are adolla on the face. These hairstyles in various forms illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A basket helmet extends the summit shell with a handle. A two-coloured patina 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 witchcraft, referring to the occult ...


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Okuyi Dance 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 spanning several levels of initiation, to which belonged to all the 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 acrobatic dance of the okuyi , on stilts, remainthe most widespread. This face mask, evoking a deceased woman, the white evoking purity, the world of the afterlife, was exhibited during the dance named Okuyi. In addition to the double ...


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Punu Okuyi Mask
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African Punu Mask with an imposing headdress topped with the representation of a ram's head, and whose braids fall back to the cracks of the lips. The eyes are found in coffee beans, but the usual frontal scarifications are absent, making this mask a rare object.


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Black Punu Ikwara mask
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Stylistic variations of punu African art.
According to Alisa LaGamma, this African mask for Ikwara dance served as a difficult palaver. Vigil mask dancing on small stilts, it is capped with a cylindrical top shell with two side quilts, its distinctive tribal sign remaining however the frontal bands, the temporal and the commissures of the white lips contrasting with the black patina of the whole . These characteristics link him to the Tsengi of the punu-bakaya region. Lack on the back of the cap. Altered granular surface. Gabon's white masks, itengi (pl., Bitengi), were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, notably the Bwiti, Bwete and Mwiri ("directing"), the latter being divided into several levels of initiation, which belonged to to all men punished, and whose ...


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Great Punu mask from Gabon
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Evoking the Japanese masks of No, this face mask is nevertheless a production of the Punu of Gabon. Beneath the eyebrow arch in the heart, protruding eyelids offer a half-closed look, the nose with wide pavilions highlights a mouth with a fleshy design. The three-hulled braided hairstyle illustrates one of the many fashionable hairstyles in Gabon at the beginning of the 20th century. The checkered scarifications, mabinda, often tinged with red ochre, are inscribed on the forehead and temples. According to some authors, these keloid marks are associated with the nine clans that founded the Kongo kingdom or the different migratory routes. gabon's tribal mask was associated with Gabon's various secret societies, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spanning several ...


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Okuyi Dance 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 ("diriger"), this last 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 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, divided into two colors, was displayed during the dance called Okuyi. In addition to the double shells with a ...


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Punu Mask
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This piece illustrates one of the many headdresses of the white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi). These African masks from Gabon were associated with Gabon's various secret societies, including the Bwiti , Bwete , and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which belonged to all the 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, remaining the most widespread. This kaolin-bleached face mask, evoking a deceased woman, was displayed at the dance called Okuyi . Classically styled with ...


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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 / Lumbu Mask
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This African mask is one of the stylistic variants of Gabon's white masks, itengi , (pl. bitengi) with a subtle-shaped face. 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 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, remaining the most widespread. Within this group, the Lumbu, Loumbu, Balumbu, located on the coastal part of Gabon ...


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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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Punu Crest
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Very famous in early art for their white masks with oriental expression, the Punu also produce anthropomorphic figures, rarer, with stylistic traits comparable to their masks. This tribal figure is depicted sitting on a dome, forming an altar figure or a crest mask. The closed eyes, in coffee bean, are surmounted by thin eyebrow arches coming together under the famous sign mabinda which was engraved on the forehead from an early age. This diamond scarification is also inscribed on the shoulders of the character and checkered on the temples. A white kaolin-based patina covers the entire face, like the masks okuyi, while a reddish coat covers the rest of the object. The headdress splits into many shells.
The Punu settled in southwestern Gabon ...


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Punu Mask Okuyi
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The dance's masks of Okuyi in African art.
A triangular top hull, chiselled with small braids, composes the hairstyle of the girl represented. Under a bulging forehead one of the eyes is half closed; the delicate nose is subtly carved, and the red-tinted lips line up in relief. "Mabinda" checkered scarification also decorates the forehead and temples. A dark band hemlines the face. Velvety matte patina. The ritual white make-up covering the mask could once have been kaolin mixed with bone powder from crushed dead, especially those of deceased twins. The red when it is present enhances sensory organs or scarifications. The counterparts of Okuyi masks are black-patinated ikwara masks, masks of the night, depicting elderly men or women. The punished masks were exhibited during rituals ...


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Punu Statue
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Very famous in African art for their white masks with oriental expression, the Punu also produce antropomorphic figures, rarer, with stylistic features comparable to their masks.
The closed eyes, in coffee bean, are topped with fine eyebrow arches coming together under the famous sign mabinda which was engraved on the forehead from an early age. This diamond scarification is also inscribed on the character's abdomen, directing the gaze towards the umbilical ledge, associated with the lineage. A white kaolin-based patina covers the entire body, like the masks okuyi. A headdress on which the braids are engraved is split into two voluminous shells.
The Punu settled in southwestern Gabon following conflicts with their fang neighbours.The punu art objects are linked, as in many ...


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