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Product ID: 73542

Artisan Crafted Wood Mask, "Ancestor's Spirit"

A faithful replica of the renowned "White Masks of the Ogooue," this... more

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A faithful replica of the renowned "White Masks of the Ogooue," this mask personifies an ancestral spirit of the Kota and Mukudji people from Gabon. Known as "Punu," the ancestral spirit is believed to guide one to the hereafter; Punu masks are reserved for important village festivities. Salihu Ibrahim hand-carves the mask of sese wood featuring half-opened eyes and slightly raised pursed lips. The forehead is embellished with a distinct diamond-shaped motif; it is crowned with a stylized hairdo. Once the mask is carved and the wood has dried thoroughly, it is treated with clay to appear like an antique piece.

  • 2.50 kgs
  • 5.5 lbs
  • 43 cm H x 24 cm W x 15 cm D
  • 17" H x 9.5" W x 6" D

  • Sese wood
  • Made in Ghana.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in West Africaicon info
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LINDA

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01/29/2021

"Adorns my wall"

This mask is quite beautiful on my wall. It is so life like several of my children have committed how it makes them feel when sitting down. Just what I was looking for in a mask.

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Jose

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03/27/2021

"Beautiful!"

This is a really beautiful and impressive mask. It contrasts, colors and work is really excellent. You cannot avoid saying a wow when you unwrap it from its box. Highly recommended.

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Archeopteryx

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06/15/2022

"Butterfly Bird Mask"

This is outstanding! It hangs near our stairs after coming in the front door of the house. The craftsmanship is exquisite, and the colors flow into the space. When hung on a single hook it hangs at a slight angle, but I feel that accentuates it.

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Landon

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04/14/2022

"Gorgeous"

This fabulous mask looks beautiful in my library.

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Sandy

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03/11/2022

"The hair on the other hand is full and beautiful"

It was beautiful but I was hoping the beard would be fuller like in the picture- it is very skimpy The hair on the other hand is full and beautiful

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Tatyana

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01/21/2022

"Beautiful elephant"

Im a big fan of Salihu Ibrahim and this mask is another addition to my collection. Well done again Salihu Ibrahim!

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