One-of-a-kind, Clay Punu Tribe “passport” masks in bold colors, handmade by artist in Gabon.
Size: 4"L x 3"W
Due to the handmade nature, expect natural imperfections that come with natural material and handmade artistry.
Lightly dust to clean. No cleaners or polish.
About:“Passport mask” were traditionally used as identification when traveling. African passport mask were used to identify their tribe or countryof origin when traveling across Africa. They were often sewn onto a piece of cloth, worn on the arm, carried in hand or attached to a hat.
Punu mask originate from Gabon and is said to have an oriental expression. These Punu masks are hand carved out of wood and set in the colors of White and black.
The Punu masks oriental look strongly indicates that Chinese people traded and lived in Africa for many years before the European settlers arrived. This type of African mask has become so sort after because of it's mystic that they are often found in museums and art collections.
The mask represents the spirit of an ancestor and is commonly found throughout western and central Gabon. The white face represents the soul of an ancestor. The beautiful hairstyle is a common feature among the Punu women. In some cases scarification on foreheads are clearly visible.