African Punu Mukudj Mask Painted Wood Pigment Gabon Central Africa 20Th C.

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Seller: gjpaw ✉️ (665) 100%, Location: Chicago, Illinois, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 333723946971 AFRICAN PUNU MUKUDJ MASK PAINTED WOOD PIGMENT GABON CENTRAL AFRICA 20TH C. . GJPaw Auctions is pleased to offer a stunning African "mukadj" mask, from the Punu, Gabon, Central Africa. These distinct white masks are called mukudj , although they have also been called other names depending on the region where they were carved. The mukudj can only be carved by a master craftsman who has gone through special initiation rites within the men’s secret society called mwiri . Every detail of the mask, from the round gentle curves to the elaborate coiffure, arched eyebrows, high cheekbones, full sensuous lips, and white color is meant to reflect a woman’s physical and spiritual perfection. The thin slit eyes are meant to express a meditative serenity suggesting inner vision and a link to the world of the ancestors. The white color, derived from kaolin, is associated with the afterlife and spirits of the dead. Consequently, the mask is featured in funeral rites. The scarification marks on the forehead and temples are not just aesthetic marks of sensual beauty. They also contain spiritual significance. The mark is believed by some to represent the nine original clans in Punu creation myths and their various migration paths, which led to the widespread dispersal and use of the mukudj among the Punu as well as other tribes of the region. It is the white color – the color the Punu associate with their ancestors and the afterlife – that gives the mask a dimension extending beyond physical beauty alone. The Punu believe ideal feminine beauty is as much a matter of what can’t be seen as opposed to what can; and nothing exemplifies this more than the mukudj mask. It not only represents a beautiful woman, but their ancestor spirits. The mask is nothing less than an intermediary between the living and the dead. It measures 9 inches in width by 7 inches in depth by approximately 14.5 inches in height (22.8 cm by 17.7 cm by 36.8 cm), including the specially designed, museum display stand. It is in very good condition and dates to the late 20th century. A fabulous collector’s item, coming from an important Midwest collection of African art, it is guaranteed authentic and would make a fine addition to any collection of African art. GJPaw Auctions has been in the Art business for over 25 years and is now expanding its operation to eBay. Our goal is to bring the same experience and excitement of collecting that we have been delivering in-person to collectors across the Globe at Primitive in Chicago. Every object we sell online has been carefully hand-selected with special attention to detail, quality, significance, and authenticity. We ship worldwide. Add GJPaw to Sellers you Follow and please take a moment to look at our other auction and Buy it Now items. A1900-216 Condition: See listing, Tribe: Punu, Maker: Punu, Material: Wood, Original/Reproduction: Original, Color: White / Brown / Black

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