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Kumu, Komo mask (N° 20627)

Flat mask, in which the eyes and mouth are hollowed out in rectangles. The features are underlined by linear patterns of a dark tone.
Matt patina, slightly abraded. Cracks. Height on base: 29 cm.
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. Litt. "The soul of Africa" S. Diakonoff; "Art and Life in Africa" C.D. Roy.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyKomo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height18
Width14
Weight0.43 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème
Socle includedYes

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