Global Art & Artifacts

Vintage Punu Lumbo Okuyi Female Mask. Gabon Africa

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The okuyi or mukudj mask portrays Punu ideals of feminine beauty and exudes serenity: elegant coiffure, rounded forehead, highly arched eyebrows, almond shaped eyes, narrow face, and small chin.  These same features are similar in other African tribes and their feminine masks. 

I purchased this mask from a collector’s estate.  He was well known for his expertise of Gabon art.  The workmanship and coloring on this mask are quite remarkable.  Normally these masks have a white face representing the soul of an ancestor.  This mask has a highly finished appearance.  I am assuming that this particular mask was created for a “rights of passage” ceremonial for a well-respected member of the village.


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