New Arrival

  |  March 27, 2015


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DANCING WITH THE STARS

   Mask from the Punu people of Gabon,
                    Central Africa
  Mask from the Punu people of Gabon, Central Africa

Did you ever see a circus clown on stilts? If not, it’s easy to picture. Imagine a performer; their face painted white, wearing a sequined top hat, bright shirt, giant bow tie, and dazzling red suspenders attached to shiny striped pants with legs so long they appeared to be twelve feet tall. Now take away the costume, substitute the circus with a dusty African village, and replace the face paint with a beautifully sculpted white mask and you’ll have a picture of this week’s New Arrival in use.

Punu mask  
Although use has worn down the surface of this Punu mask over time, it has retained much of its white pigment  

Featured this week is a mask from the Punu people in Gabon, West Africa. Called a mukudj, it depicts a beautiful Punu woman with a white face; white being the color associated with their ancestors. It is one of the most realistic, life-like masks in all of African art. Now, imagine a dancer on stilts wearing this mask, skipping, leaping, twirling and swooping, reminding the crowd of enthusiastic villagers that their ancestors stand tall and watch over them at all times.      

Mask
Punu people
Gabon, Central Africa
20th C.
Carved wood, based
7 W x 7 D x 13 H inches
$3,495

 

Part of a much larger collection of authentic tribal art and masks available exclusively at PRIMITIVE. For more information or to purchase, please contact a Client Advisor at 312-575-9600 or email info@beprimitive.com.

 

Part of a much larger collection of authentic tribal art and masks
This mask from the Punu people is part of a much larger collection of authentic tribal art and masks available exclusively at PRIMITIVE
 
Please contact a Client Advisor for more details, or to make an appointment call 1-312-575-9600
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