Hand Tribal Punu Mask - Gabon

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Hand Tribal Punu Mask - Gabon

Size: 30 - 40cm

These beautiful handcrafted Punu masks are commonly found throughout western and central Gabon. The white face represents the soul of an ancestor and in most Punu masks there will be an elaborate forehead and headdress. In some cases scarification on foreheads are clearly visible.

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Hand Tribal Punu Mask - Gabon

Size: 30 - 40cm

These beautiful handcrafted Punu masks are commonly found throughout western and central Gabon. The white face represents the soul of an ancestor and in most Punu masks there will be an elaborate forehead and headdress. In some cases scarification on foreheads are clearly visible.

This style of Punu mask is nowadays used to entertain tribal members during festivals or celebrations. African masksOn rare occasions the masks are used during ritual ceremonies. During these rituals, masqueraders dance and they embody the spirits of male and female ancestors.

Typical of these types of masks are the female face. In some cases red dots are situated on the forehead and upper cheeks. Other common features are a pointed nose, protruding lips; arched eyebrows narrow eyes and closed mouth.

These Punu masks are hand carved out of wood and the Punu masks oriental look strongly indicates that Chinese people traded and lived in Africa for many years before the European settlers arrived.

Each African Punu mask is an "original" work of art, individually hand carved; no two are exactly alike which adds to the value of each piece. The original nature of tribal art will be reflected by variances from the Punu mask as shown, each piece of a specific style is similar, but not identical

Below is a selection of the Punu masks that we have in stock.

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