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Item 638b
6.00 LBS
$20.00 (Fixed shipping cost)
Maximum Purchase:
1 unit(s)

Product Description

During the 18th century the Punu had to flee their land, under pressure from the Fang and settled in the south and southwest of Gabon. The Punu belong to a nation of people known as The Shira. This group consists of the Eshira, Lumbo, Vili, Galoa and Vunga people. Although part of this collective, the Punu are well known throughout Central Africa partly because Punu ladies are thought to be very beautiful. Adhering to tradition, only Punu males are allowed to carve tribal masks and then only of Punu women. The masks that portray the ladies are so well liked that they can be found on currency that belongs to several Central African countries. The classic Punu mask styling includes an eleborate hairdo with blue highlights (popular among the Punu women) that frame the face and wraps around the neck, full red hued lips, high arched eyebrows, traditional scarification on the forehead and sides near the ears, 3 brass stud adornments, oriental shaped eyes and a face that is covered with a white pigment called kaolin, which is connected with an anti-witchcraft function. The attractive mask on display has been fashioned from a dark brown wood.

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Dimensions: 12 inches tall x 7 1/2 inches wide x 6 1/2 inches deep.  

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