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Masque Kumu, Komo, Nsembu (N° 19127)

Sleek design for this African mask named Nsembu, which occurred in male-female pair, used by the society of sorcerers Nkunda within the clans living in the north of the Uituri region. The smooth, satiny surface has residual clay incrustations. Height on adapted base: 44 cm.
The Kumu, Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the northeast and 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, Yela, Lengola, and Metoko. Their artistic production has also great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were displayed during the closing ceremonies of initiation and circumcision of the youth of the nkunda society. It is indeed in the region of Maniema 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 is said to have noted a great similarity between the rituals accompanying the appearance of Kumu masks and those of the muminia Lega masks.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyKumu
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height42
Width24
Weight0.47 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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