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Punu Lumbo Okuyi Mask.  Funerary.  Ancestral.  Ogooue River region.  Gabon

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    Well known for white-faced masks (Okuyi), the ethnic group that this was acquired from (Mpongwe) has two separate uses for masks like this.   Costumed ceremonies include rites of passage and funerary events.   This mask was used for the later.  The typical Okuyi performer wears a… Continue reading

Old Punu / Lumbo Ancestor Mask, Gabon Africa

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Detail: This is a face mask of the maiden ancestral spirit Makudij with her typical whitened face and serene expression. These masks are usually reserved for important village festivities. The white pigment is kaolin, a clay-based material. Note the back of the top of the coiffure has an extra design… Continue reading
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