West African Passport Mask of the Punu people, Gabon


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Product Description

Passport Mask
Low-fired earthenware, painted with colours
In the manner of the Punu people, Gabon, West Africa
20th century
15.0 x 8.5 x 12.4 (max w.) cms

Passport masks are small, generally ceramic, portable masks, carried by travellers to identify their tribal group, and ease movement across tribal and national boundaries. Especially associated with use in West Africa, this particular passport mask is identifiable by coloration and hairstyle as being associated with the Punu people of Gabon.
The mask is pierced below the chin to aid carrying or for suspension.


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