Art African Mask Punu 1748

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller art-masque-afrique ✉️ (832) 100%, Location: furiani, Corse, FR, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 255479494076 Art African Mask Punu 1748. Ref: m-1748Height 30 CM Product DescriptionPunu mask from Gabon. Over 40 years old. Piece on plinth. The Punu (also called Bapunu, plural of Mupunu) form an ethnic group mainly distributed in the south of Gabon. The Punu migrated to the south of Gabon (in the Ngounié basin) in the 18th century. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families. Social cohesion is ensured by the Moukouji company, whose essential role is to subjugate the evil spirits of the forest. Their language is Yipunu. There are people speaking Yipunu in the provinces of Ngounié and Nyanga mainly. The major concentrations are the towns of Mouila, Ndendé (Ngounié); Tchibanga and Moabi (Nyanga). Today, we must add cities like Lambaréné (Moyen-Ogooué) and even the capital of the country Libreville. In terms of number of speakers, Yipunu ranks second, after the Fang language. In Gabon, in the Ngounié basin, the mukuyi commemorates the deceased. Mounted on huge stilts, a masked dancer, whose body is hidden under a cloth garment - formerly in raffia - performs acrobatic figures while brandishing a fly swatter with each hand. Mukuyi masks are believed to represent ancestors, sometimes female. The enigmatic face of the mask is slightly triangular. Under the closed eyes, stretched out like an almond, and as if swollen by sleep, the high-placed cheekbones become rounded. The number and arrangement of scarifications vary from one style or ethnic group to another. The most common pattern, in the form of scales, consists of nine diamonds. This distinctive sign, called mabinda, was engraved in the flesh of children around the age of ten to fourteen. The Punu live mainly in Gabon. They are renowned for the mysterious beauty of their masks with their white face painted with kaolin and the extreme finesse of their line. Their masks present their ideal of feminine beauty. They express the serenity of the ancients who protect and advise them from the realm of the dead. They are used by dancers during funeral rites. Black masks have a judicial function. The frontal or temporal scarifications in the shape of a diamond of nine points represent their cosmogony and evoke the notion of perfection and wisdom. The central point is the creative principle (God) which gave birth to the four cardinal points (the world) as well as to the two primordial couples (humans)African art african tribal art arte africana afrikanische kunstAfrican art, African maskPiece delivered with an invoice and a certificate of authenticity.The Punu (also called Bapunu, plural of Mupunu) form an ethnic group mainly distributed in the south of Gabon. The Punu migrated to the south of Gabon (in the Ngounié basin) in the 18th century. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families. Social cohesion is ensured by the Moukouji company, whose essential role is to subjugate the evil spirits of the forest. Their language is Yipunu. There are people speaking Yipunu in the provinces of Ngounié and Nyanga mainly. The major concentrations are the towns of Mouila, Ndendé (Ngounié); Tchibanga and Moabi (Nyanga). Today, we must add cities like Lambaréné (Moyen-Ogooué) and even the capital of the country Libreville. In terms of number of speakers, Yipunu ranks second, after the Fang language. In Gabon, in the Ngounié basin, Origine: Africa, Material: Wood, Type: Mask, Authenticity: Original, Brand: Unbranded

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