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Punu Mask (Okuyi)

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White-faced masks were emoyed by several Ogoew River peoples, chiefly he Puna and Lumbo, and also were traded widely by the coastal Mpongwe. They are said to embody the personas of past community elders and were worn by costumed stilt-dancers at Mukuji society funerary rites. This example has...

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Provenance

May 22, 1969, sold by the Galerie Le Corneur Roudillon, Paris, to William Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1994, year-end gift of William and Bertha Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 1995)

Credit Line

Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Punu peoples, Gabon,

Object Place

Gabon

Dimensions

29.21 x 17.78 cm (11 1/2 x 7 in.)

Accession Number

1994.394

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigments

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks