Milan: 5 Continents, 2008. Paperback. White and photographic wraps with black lettering. 157 pp. BW and color illustrations. New in shrinkwrap. Item #169519
"Situated in the south-west of Gabon, the Punu are part of a group of people known essentially for their white masks. These objects, which continue to impress collectors and enthusiasts of African art, had already fascinated Western artists at the start of the 20th century. The idealized realism of the face covered with white clay, the slightly narrowed eyes, the mouth with finely-edged red lips and the sophisticated head-dress composed of several locks of plaited hair are some of the stylistic features of these masks. The volume examines the context of ritual use of these important objects, which the Punu and related peoples would bring out for their dances. This study of the Punu traditions and their overlap with the history of other peoples in southern Gabon is also pursued through an examination of other, less well-known objects, such as the statues for magic uses, amulets, and musical instruments."--Jacket.
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