PUNU MASKS, Gabon

Despite their appearance, these masks show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

PUNU
Mask 16
20" high
$500

 PUNU
Mask 40
12" high
$400
 

PUNU
Mask 5
11"+ high
$600
  

PUNU
Mask 43
10" high
$300 
 

PUNU
Mask 21
12.5" high
$200


PUNU
Mask 4
12" high
$200

 

PUNU
Mask 37
11" high
$600
 

 

 PUNU
Mask 39
14.5" high
$300
 

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

PUNU, 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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