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Kumu mask (N° 21621)
The African masks nsembu , embodying the spirit of divination, appear in pairs during the rites of the nkunda , babankunda society. Characterized by its gaping, geometric features, this mask also offers a gridded surface of different shades of brown.
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Height on base: 44 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 has largely exerted its influence. A costume made of bark textiles and plant fibers concealed the wearer. Biebuck would have noted a great similarity between the rituals accompanying the appearance of Kumu masks and those of the muminia masks of the Lega.
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|Origin||Ex-collection L. Van Liere|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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