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Masque Kumu, Komo
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African kumu mask whose pastillage bears the imprint of the pygmy influence. A ridge divides the forehead and extends over the nose, while the widely hollowed-out eyes are surrounded by kaolin. The protruding lower lip reveals a sharp set of teeth. 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 occasions. Light pigments applied with a finger on a ...


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Kumu handle mask, Komo
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This rare African mask comes from Lubutu, Maniema province in R.D.C. It was sculpted equipped with a handle that allowed it to be held by hand during ceremonial dances. Within the large orbits, the pupils surrounded by pink ochre are hollowed out, the nose is marked with notches, the mouth forms a rectangle on which teeth are incised. A raised border demarcates the forehead. Each side is coated with kaolin, the latter forming a thick cracked patina on which scattered mica particles shine. A light, matte wood appears on the surface.
Desication cracks.
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 ...


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Masque Nsembu Kumu, Komo
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Among the first art masks, this mask named Nsembu occurred in male-female pairs, and was used by the society of soothsayers Nkunda at 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 ...


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Grand masque Kumu, Komo
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Kumu

With a flat skull, the large face is made up of features highlighted by metallic inlays. The circular ears form cups with a perforation in the centre, while the broad mouth appears to articulate. Smooth, matte surface coated with kaolin.
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 the initiation and circumcision of the young people of the society nkunda . It was in the Maniema region around the ...


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Masque Kumu, Komo Nsembu
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Kumu

This mask of African art, carved from heavy wood, was acquired by Mr. J. Henry, an expatriate hydrologist, on a mission for the Belgian state in Zaire and Burundi, now deceased, a savvy collector, a cultured personality, and whose patient selection of works testifies to its aesthetic requirement. A large nasal appendage develops in a face with full volumes. Under the rounding of the forehead the circular eyes conferring a hypnotic look are surrounded by different colors, evoking the supernatural mink. The gaping of the mouth reveals holes in which teeth, bone or wood, had once been implanted. Ancient divination mask, from Ituria, which would be named nsembu (De Mahieu, quoted in Biebuyck 1986; 2:234)Red and white pigments appear to have been applied manually to the surface of the object. ...


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