African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Masque Kumu
According to Marc Léo Félix, the masks produced by clans living in the north of the Uituri region often have stylized features on a shallow surface, and their décor evokes the animal world, with color pigments similar to those that adorn the bodies during initiation rites. Similar masks, decorated with dotted lines, were worn in Ubangi by the Ndunga and Zande of the north-east, where insiders and elders sometimes wore this type of body paint.
Light, kaolin and ochre wood on a brown background. Insect prints.
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 ...