Punu Bellows

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Bellows, Punu, Gabon

H: 67 cm (26,4″), W: 40 cm (15,7″)

The forge bellows had considerable cultural importance, since it was both a tool of trade and a symbolic figurative sculpture. The sculpted head decorating the end of the bellows is in the Punu style, with the characteristic coiffure, a domed forehead ornamented with the motif of nine lozenge-shaped scales, and delicately arched eyes.

The bellows have sexual significance and were made by men who keep them out of the view of women and children.

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