PUNU, face masks, Gabon

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Punu masks, known as duma or mvudi, are believed to represent a female guardian spirit in the initiation of adolescent girls, funerary rites, ancestor cults and also in dances of the full moon. At the burial ceremonies of the Punu society the masks represent a female ancestor. The masks have realistic, usually white faces (painted with kaolin) with protruding pursed lips, T-shaped noses, globular protruding eyes incised with a curve, high-domed foreheads and characteristic ridges high coiffures, which reflects the Punu women's style. Some Punu masks have raised scarifications carved in relief.

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PUNU 001

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PUNU 003

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PUNU 004

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PUNU 005

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PUNU 006

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PUNU 008

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