PUNU MASK 20, Gabon

Photographs © Tim Hamill

PUNU, SPIRIT MASK 20, 12", 28" with raffia, Wood, pigment & raffia, SOLD, Gabon

Masks like these white-faced masks represented the spirit of an ancestor from the afterworld and were often used by stilt dancers for funeral rituals. They are known for their elegant features, forehead scarification patterns and elaborate coiffures. Despite their appearance, these masks show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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