AFRICA DOOR PUNU African Wood Hand Carved Gabon

AFRICA DOOR PUNU African Wood Hand Carved Gabon

Origin: Punu peoples of Gabon, Central Africa
Material: Wood, kaolin, pigments, fiber lacing
Period: Mid 20th century
Traditionally Doors have been used by the people of Africa to prevent wild animals and thieves. The earth provided the rich harvest which filled the granary in good times. Openings into the granary were sealed by carved doors or panels like this. The female figure are painted with white kaolin clay pigment and intricate detailing of hair and ritual scarification on forehead and body. Punu "Moukouji" society is to subdue evil forest spirits, thereby protecting the village and its inhabitants from harm. This example of the "displayed female motif" is decorated with an elaborate three-part ridged coiffure, and ritual face and body scarification. This figure may represent a guardian spirit who plays the same role than the reliquary guardian figures.  In many cases, doors like this were also used to protect ritual houses or other building where personal objects as well as family shrines are kept. The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River (Gabon) arid belong to the group of tribes known as Shir a which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola. ~~~~~~~~


Our Punu door is carved with 3 female figures in relief with Snake. The bottom Figure holding dance rattles with a large SNAKE below at door bottom. Wonderful condition our door shows some age and paint loss . Measures 48”High X  27”Wide. X 3” Thick ~ Wonderful detail,  Fantastic Punu Door.


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  • Item #: A~DOOR PUNU fig & Snake #2
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Price $895.00
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