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Masque Kumu, Komo Nsembu (N° 17822)

African mask named Nsembu, which performed in male-female pairs, used by the nunda sorcerer's society within the clans living in the northern region of Uituri. A large toothed mouth and small close-up eyes form traits that are supposed to impress the assembly of initiates. The mask is embellished with polychrome dotted, an allusion to the animal world and the pigmented motifs that adorn the bodies during the initiation rites. Patine mate.
The Kumu, Bakumu and Komo, live mainly in the North-East and central Areas of 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 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 Cordier
EthnyKomo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height26
Width13
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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