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Kumu, Komo mask (N° 18324)

Probably from clans living in the north of the Uituri region, this refined mask, where the only detail on the protruding mouth is a crenellation representing a dentition, is brushed with white clay. This decoration evokes the animal world, with color pigments similar to those that adorn the bodies during initiation rites. Satin surface. Insect prints.
The Kumu , Bakumu, Komo, live primarily in the northeast and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is Komo or Kikomo . Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, Yela, Lengola, and Metoko. Their artistic production also has great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were exhibited at the closing ceremonies of the initiation and circumcision of the youth of the nkunda society. It is indeed in the Maniema region around the Lualaba River and the Great Lakes that Lega sculpture has largely exerted its influence. A costume made of bark textiles and plant fibers concealed the wearer. Biebuck would have noted a great similarity between the rituals accompanying the appearance of Kumu masks and those of the muminia masks of the Lega.  

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Originex. coll. italienne
EthnyKumu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height33
Width18
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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