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Punu Standing Male Figure with Basket Gabon Africa 27 Inch

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Title Punu Standing Male Figure with Basket Gabon Africa 27 Inch
Type of Object Carving
Country of Origin Gabon
People Punu
Materials Wood, pigment, vegetal fiber
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 27 inches H. x 7 inches W. x 8 inches D.
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and general wear



Additional Information: The Punu, like their relatives the Shira and the Lumbo, fled the Fang and settled in the equatorial forests of southern Gabon. Little 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. The Punu are known for their maiden spirit masks with white face used in the context of the Mukuji society. Most of the known Punu statues are small works with face painted in white as on their masks, thought to be used as guardian figures.


Recommended Reading:


Siroto, L. African Spirit Images and Identities, 1976.