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- Country of origin: Gabon
- Size: 24 cm H x 16 cm W
- Materials: wood, black and red pigments, kaolin
- Decorative african art
Very fine & very old mask with a serene facial expression, from the Punu tribe in South-West Gabon.
Belonging to the so called 'white masks of the Ogooue' which usually symbolises the spirits of a deceased beautiful young girl.
This mask small in size was worn on the upper part of the dancers head with his face covered by a cloth attached to the sides of the mask.
Masks like these white-faced masks represented the spirit of a female ancestor from the afterworld and were often used by stilt dancers for funeral rituals.
Ex collection Kegel-Konietzko, Hamburg
Ex collection Helmut Zake, Heidelberg
Ex collection Rudolf Sühnel, Heidelberg
Ex Zemanek-Münster, Wurzburg, 3/2014, Lot 534
Ex private collection, UK
1st Half of the 20th century
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