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Kumu Shield, Komo (N° 18339)

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Masque flat with a handle, it is divided into two contrasting colours. Velvety mate patina. African masks nsembu, embodying the spirit of divination, usually appear in pairs during the rituals of the nkunda society, babankunda. 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 during the closing ceremonies of the initiation and circumcision of the young people of the society nkunda . It was in the Maniema region around the Lualaba River and the Great Lakes that Lega sculpture exerted its influence extensively. A costume made up of bark textiles and plant fibres concealed the wearer. Biebuck would have noticed a great similarity between the rituals accompanying the appearance of Kumu masks and those of muminia masks of the Lega.
 

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyKumu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height48
Width22
Weight0.95 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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