One-of-a-Kind handcarved Teke + Punu Tribe “passport” masks handmade by artist in Gabon.
Size: 5"L x 3"W
*You will receive both mask pictured.
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 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.
Teke mask are mainly used in traditional dancing ceremonies such as weddings, funerals and initiation ceremonies for young men entering adulthood. They are also used as a social and political identifier of social structure within a tribe or family. The Teke people are well know for their Teke mask that are flat and disk-like with abstract and geometrical motifs with horizontal lines.