Punu Mask, Gabon
The Punu people live on the Upper Ngoume River in Gabon. They migrated to where they live today during the 18th century. Punu masks represent the idealized faces of female ancestors. The masks are typically painted white, which represents the spirits of the dead. For this reason, the masks are worn during funerals. Punu masks can be recognized by the raised diamond-shaped scarification marks on the forehead.
D:6" W:7" H:17" Including base.
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