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Punu Standing Female Figure Custom Base Gabon African Art

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Title Punu Standing Female Figure Custom Base Gabon African Art
Type of Object Figure, carving, statue
Country of Origin Gabon
People Punu
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 36 Inches
Width: 9 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair N/A

Additional Information: A Punu female figure standing with an elaborate and distinctively Punu hairstyle. She stands with knees bent and hands resting on her pregnant belly. This particular carving likely represents an ancestor or spirit to the carver. Fitted with a fine custom base made of finished wood.

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.