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Kumu figure (N° 20869)

Small stylized anthropomorphic figure, which was used during therapeutic rites. There are various therapeutic associations among the Kumu: Ntema, Lumba, Kilanga, Nsubi,... These ceremonies could be accompanied by divinatory sessions supported by the use of hallucinogens. Lustrous brown patina, tiny granular residues locally abraded.
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 was indeed in the Maniema region around the Lualaba River and the Great Lakes that Lega sculpture largely exerted its influence. 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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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm25
Width6 cm
Weight0.24 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème
Socle includedYes

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