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Punu Seated Female Figure Gabon African Art 32 Inch

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Title Punu Seated Female Figure Gabon African Art 32 Inch
Type of Object Figure, Carving, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Gabon
People Punu
Materials Wood, pigment, clay
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 32 Inches
Width: 8.5 Inches
Depth: 8 Inches
Overall Condition Poor
Damage/Repair Damaged base, arrested bug damage, very damaged face, cracks, chips and a very worn patina

 Additional Information: A Punu female figure seated with an elaborate and distinctively Punu hairstyle.  She sits with knees bent and hands resting on her thighs. This particular carving likely represents an ancestor or spirit to the carver. 

The Punu are most famous for their numerous white-faced female masks with scarifications patterns and elaborate hairdos. While masks are somewhat ubiquitous, many collectors have probably never even seen a statue. The Punu, like their relatives the Shira and Lumbo, fled the Fang and settled in the equatorial forests of southern Gabon, but little else is known about their history or way of life. They do appear to have connections to the Fang and Kota in their religious and ancestral rituals, but again there is little documentation to back up what is mainly speculation based on the study of their artworks.