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Masque Kumu, Komo
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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 > 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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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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