A superb Punu figure
Lot 700
A superb Punu figure
US$ 100,000 - 150,000
£64,000 - 96,000

Lot Details
A superb Punu figure A superb Punu figure
Property from the collection of Lillian and Robert Bohlen
A superb Punu figure
Gabon, exceptionally rendered in a medium brown hardwood, with finely striated classic raised central sugar-loaf coif with side locks, the pensive face with coffee-bean eyes and delicate incised brows. The nose and mouth delicately and sensually rendered. The body with pointed breasts, and protruding navel, decorated with asymmetrical scarification and indications of anklets above the feet. The proper right arm enigmatically conceived as smaller and bent, yet without any indication of past damage. Overall fine patina of age and use.
height 13 ½in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Collected by a Belgian forestry agent in Gabon, prior to 1935
    Jean Pierre Jernander: Brussels, Comte Baudouin de Grunne (1988): Brussels, Philippe Guimiot: Brussels

    This lot is accompanied by a letter of authentication by Louis Perrois.

    This figure will be included in the forthcoming volume on Punu sculpture by Louis Perrois, to be published by 5 continents Press, Milan.

    Collectors are always looking for “sweet” or “classic” Punu masks comparable to the famous Helena Rubenstein example. In this standing female figure, with its unique pedigree, these qualities are present and exceptional, even if we compare it with a comparable yet “tougher” piece which in the 2006 Verite sale, (lot 184), was bought for 250,000 euros.

    Michael Kan, 2008
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