Hand Carved Punu Lumbo Mask w/ Horns 17.5" on Custom Mount - Gabon - African Art

Sold $98.08 2 Bids, $79.51 Shipping Estimate, Click to see shipping cost, eBay Money Back Guarantee

Seller: Top-Rated Seller tribaltruth16 (95) 100%, Location: Clackamas, Oregon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 323833528881 Type of Object Mask and custom mount Country of Origin Gabon Ethnicity Punu or Lumbo Materials Wood, pigment Approximate Age Unknown Height (Inches) 17.5” without stand18" with stand Width (Inches) 8” Depth (Inches) 5” without stand6" with stand Weight (Pounds) 1.5lbs without stand2lbs with stand Overall Condition Good with minor imperfections – see photos. About Punu-Lumbo MasksA Punu-Lumbo mask is a tribal mask native to the Ogooué River basin in Gabon, especially in the south in Ngounié Province. Ancient examples are extremely valuable to collectors of African art, and have been sold at Sotheby's for well over $400,000. The earliest known example, collected in 1867, is part of the Pitt Rivers Museum collection at the University of Oxford. Several other museums, such as the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. are in possession of one. They have been featured in the African Negro Art show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (1935) and at the Museum voor Volkenkunde, in Rotterdam (1953). The masks were popular among European collectors during the 1920s and 1930s.About the Punu People“The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River and belong to a group of tribes known as Shira which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola with the Eshira, the Lumbo, the Vili, the Galoa and the Vungu people, the Punu migrated northwards during the 18th century and settled where they are now. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families and social cohesion is ensured by a society known as Moukouji, whose primary role is to subjugate harmful forest spirits. During ceremonies related to the society, small statues and masks appear which are often covered in white pigments alluding to their anti-witchcraft functions.Punu masks are thought to represent ancestors’ faces. They are worn during funerals and by a Moukouji initiate who stands on stilts. The masks have realistic, usually white, faces with protruding eyes incised with a curve, high-domed foreheads and characteristic rigid high coiffures which reflects the Punu women’s hairstyles.”Source:Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.Dave Dahl—CEO Discover African Art Keywords: Punu, Gabon, Galoa, Lumbo, Mitsogho, Vuvi, Ambete, Upper Ngoume River, Mask ID# 1000501 Condition: This item is in good condition with imperfections and possible cracking or previous repairs. See photos or inquire for specific details., Tribe: Punu, Material: Wood, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

PicClick Insights PicClick Exclusive
  •  Popularity - 46 views, 1.2 views per day, 38 days on eBay. High amount of views. 1 sold, 0 available. Good amount of bids.
  •  Price -
  •  Seller - 95+ items sold. 0% negative feedback. Top-Rated Seller! Ships on time with tracking, 0 problems with past sales.
Similar Items