Carved Granary Door From The Punu People - Gabon
Carved Granary Door From The Punu People - Gabon
Carved Granary Door From The Punu People - Gabon
Carved Granary Door From The Punu People - Gabon
Carved Granary Door From The Punu People - Gabon
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Carved Granary Door From The Punu People - Gabon

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An interesting door from the Punu people of Gabon. The door is carved with the image of a splayed woman, a typical epitaph, indicating that it was used on the entrance to a woman's attic. Men and woman both had their own attics and did not enter each others. The men's attic typically held grain and the woman's other food stuffs as well as jewlery and other objects. This door appears to very old and has some historic woodworm damage

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“The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River and belong to a group of tribes known as Shira which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola with the Eshira, the Lumbo, the Vili, the Galoa and the Vungu people, the Punu migrated northwards during the 18th century and settled where they are now. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families and social cohesion is ensured by a society known as Moukouji, whose primary role is to subjugate harmful forest spirits. During ceremonies related to the society, small statues and masks appear which are often covered in white pigments alluding to their anti-witchcraft functions.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.