This is a beautiful hand carved door from the Punu tribe in Gabon. It is in wonderful condition and is quite large, measuring 27.5 inches high x 15 inches wide. The period would be mid 20th century.
Traditionally doors have been used on the granaries to prevent theft from humans and animals. Openings were sealed with doors like these. The female figure is painted white with kaolin clay pigment. Her hair is elaborately detailed, three part braided, and around her around her head and torso she holds a snake. Her body shows ritual scarification as does her face. She would represent a guardian figure. These doors were not just used in granaries but in homes and shrines.
The Punu live on the Upper Ngoume river in Gabon and are a member of the Shir tribes.
A door in this condition is a great find. I am somewhat loathe to part with it. Thank you for looking.
I will only ship internationally if the package can be tracked.