An exceptional Black Punu mask
Lot 701
An exceptional Black Punu mask
Sold for US$ 72,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Property from the collection of Lillian and Robert Bohlen
A superb Punu/Lumbo mask
Gabon, uncharacteristically beautiful and sensual; the whitened gentle female face with naturalistic lips and nose beneath crescentric eyes that echo the forms of the thin and perfectly balanced brow line. The blackened coif elaborately carved in interlocking braids with spaced striations.
height 10 ½in


  • Provenance:
    Emile Deletaille, Brussels
    Ambrosetti Gallery, Geneva
    Halter Collection (collected by a relative of Mrs. Halter prior to World War II in Gabon)

    "Arts d'Afrique Noire" n°55; p. 24:1985

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

    This highly naturalistic Lumbo mask has the majestic bearing of the finest marble portrait heads of Roman matrons. Even the elaborate Coiffure references this comparison. It is one of Lillian and Bob Bohlen’s earliest purchases and among their most treasured.

    Michael Kan, 2008