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Kumu, Komo mask
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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 ...


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Komo, Kumu, Nsembu mask
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Among the early art masks, this African mask named Nsembu occurred in male-female pairs, and was used by the soothsayer society Nkunda within the clans living in the northern Uituri region.
Widely hollowed out gaze and gaping toothed mouth, arranged in an almost flat volume, make up this mask embellished with polychrome motifs.
Matt patina.
Height on base: 51 cm.
The Kumu, Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the northeast and center of 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 also has great similarities with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were exhibited at the closing ...


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Kumu, Komo mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kumu mask

African mask whose pastillage, which could be related to the panther, bears the imprint of the pygmy influence.
A ridge divides the forehead and extends over the nose, while the oblique eyes are atypical. The pouting mouth reveals a row of spaced teeth. Matt patina, old polychromy. Erosions.
According to M.L. Félix, the African masks produced by the clans living in the north of the Ituri region mostly adopt stylized features sculpted on a shallow base, and their decoration evokes the animal world, accompanied by color pigments similar to those that adorn the bodies during initiation rites. Similar masks, decorated with dotted lines, were however worn in Ubangi by the Ndunga and Zande of the northeast, where initiates and elders wore this type of body paint on certain ...


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Komo, Kumu, Biangolo masker
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Komo masker

The masks nsembu of the Kumu appear in pairs at the enthronement or funeral of the diviner. Combining two contrasting colors, it personifies the spirit of divination.
Matte patina.
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 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 ...

Large Kumu mask, Komo, Nsembu
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Kumu Mask

The masks nsembu, embodying the spirit of divination, appear as a couple during the rituals of the society nkunda , babankunda. This shallow model features minimalist features under a slightly protruding forehead. The quadrangular mouth reveals wooden teeth. Beautiful patina encrusted with kaolin residue. Desication cracks.
High on a base: 62 cm.
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 ...


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Kongo ancestor figure
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue of Kongo

Fertility and descent, central themes of African cultures, are addressed through this maternity or phemba. This statue of a woman could indeed embody the symbol of the mythical ancestor linked to fertility cults. The figure is represented standing, surrounded by figurines symbolizing the history of the clan and its myths. On the back, a glass hole probably has a magical charge, bilongo. Scarifications decorate the shoulders of the ancestor. These notches, made with needles, knives and razors, were then coated with coal or ashes to accelerate healing and form prominent patterns
. Desiccation cracks.
The Solongo cultures of Angola and Yombé were largely influenced by the Kongo kingdom from which they borrowed naturalist statuary and religious rites through carved ...


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Masque Komo, Kumu Nsembu
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Primitivism in The African Art Komo
Ancient African Mask of Circumcision, from Ituria. A losangic embossed mark reminiscent of the tribal keloid scar is drawn on the forehead of our African Komo mask. This shape renews itself on the chin. On either side, two eyes highlighted in white are summarily hollowed out in almond. The gap of the mouth reveals a cut-out evoking a dentition. The edge is lined with perforations in order to be able to attach the raffia fibers forming collar concealing the dancer, absent on this specimen. Circular patterns were manually applied to the surface of the object. Pigment salities, erosions.
The Kumu live mainly in the North-East and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely ...


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Masque Kumu, Komo, Nsembu
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Masque Kumu

African mask named Nsembu , which performed in male-female pairs, it was used by the sorcerer's society Nkunda within the clans living in the north of the Uituri region. The surface is coated with a polychrome dotillage, an allusion to the animal world, and the color pigments that adorn the bodies during the initiation rites. Patine mate. Height on suitable base: 44 cm.

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 ...


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Masque Kumu, Komo Nsembu
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Nsembu Mask

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 ...


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Masque Kumu, Komo
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African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Komo Mask

The Kumu live mainly in the Northeast and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is the 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 initiation and circumcision of the young people of the society nkunda, accompanied by consumption of hallucinogenic plants causing trance.
This mask associated with the initiation ceremonies, from the Komo groups in the southern Uituri forest, close to the Lega, has a relatively shallow, oval structure, in which the almond eyes and mouth revealing teeth are largely hollowed ...


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Fétiche Kongo Nkisi
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Kongo Fetish

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The elements bilongo conferring additional powers on this African statue of the type nkisi are concealed in a reliquary blocked by a mirror placed on the abdomen and in the multiple elements placed around the effigy. Additions of metal, vegetable fibres, dried fruits and seeds, cloth strips, packets stuffed with magic ingredients, all bound by ropes, participate in this defensive or offensive action. The glass gaze also symbolizes access to the supernatural world and understanding of hidden things. Dark brown powdery skate, kaolin residue. The magic ingredients "bilongo" were frequently concealed in the receptacle on the abdomen of the face, which was otherwise sealed by a mirror. The sorcerers nganga, both healers, were in charge of religious ...


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