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Kumu Mask (N° 26975)

The clans living in the north of the Uituri region sculpt, in addition to masks evoking the animal world, this type of flat mask with a toothed mouth. Height on base: 46 cm.
Two-tone patina, irregular surface, gaps and erosions.
The Kumu, Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the North-East and the center in the 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 presents great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were exhibited during the closing ceremonies of the initiation and circumcision of the young people of the nkunda society. It is in fact in the Maniema region around the Lualaba River and the Great Lakes that Lega sculpture largely exerted its influence. A costume made of bark textiles and plant fibers concealed the wearer.  

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OriginCollection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia, textile
Height cm30
Width22 cm
Weight0.84 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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