A One-of-a-Kind handcarved Wood Punu African Mask, handmade by artist in Gabon. This mask features distinct facial features highlighted with a thin layer of colored kaolin clay and scarifications, along with a solid engraved hairstyle.
Size: 19"L x 8"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: 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 sought 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.