PUNU STYLE MASKS, Gabon
Despite their appearance, these masks show little evidence of age or
use and were probably made to be sold.
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
PUNU STYLE SPIRIT MASKS, Wood, pigment & raffia, 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.
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