This mask is from the Punu tribe found in Gabon. Although Punu is a splinter tribe of a much larger tribal groups, their artworks are very distinctive.
Punu masks depict the faces of female ancestors and they bear an uncanny resemblance to Oriental masks even though there is no evidence of Eastern influence on the culture and tradition of the people.
This Punu mask also shows other distinguishing signs include the pursing lips, high forehead, the diamond-shaped scarification mark on the domed forehead and the elaborate coiffure that Punu women wear. All of these are beautification marks to represent the outstanding beauty of the woman depicted by the mask.
The white color of the face, however, has a functional role. It represents peace, deities, ancestral spirits and the afterlife. Therefore, this mask is mostly danced during funerals and memorials. However, these days, masks like this have extended roles beyond solemn ceremonies. They now appear at festive ceremonies as evidenced by the raffia costume accompanying this mask.
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