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Masque Kumu, Komo (N° 16576)
According to M.L. Félix, African masks produced by clans living in the north of the Uituri region mostly adopt stylized features sculpted on a shallow base, and their décor evokes the animal world, with color pigments similar to those that adorn bodies during initiation rites. Similar masks, decorated with dotted lines, were worn in Ubangi by the Ndunga and Zande of the north-east, where insiders and elders sometimes wore this type of body paint. Clear pigments applied to the finger on a brown background. velvety surface. Total height on a base: 43 cm
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The Kumu , Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the North-East and central democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko. Their artistic production also has great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were displayed at the closing ceremonies of the initiation and circumcision of the young people of society nkunda . It is in fact in the Region of Maniema around the Lualaba River and the Great Lakes that the Lega sculpture has exerted its influence. A suit made up of bark textiles and vegetable fibres concealed the wearer. Biebuck reportedly noted a great similarity between the rituals that accompanied the appearance of Kumu masks and those of the masks muminia lega.
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