Kumu mask, Komo, DRC ex Zaire. Created by... - Lot 178 - Arthema Auction

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Kumu mask, Komo, DRC ex Zaire. Created by... - Lot 178 - Arthema Auction
Kumu mask, Komo, DRC ex Zaire. Created by groups living in the northern Uituri region, this oval-shaped African mask, where the nose forms the only relief, is covered with polychrome pastillage. The decoration evokes the animal world, with colored pigments similar to those used to adorn bodies during initiation rites. 31 x 17 cm Sold without base The Kumu, Bakumu and Komo people live mainly in the northeast and central regions of the 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 is also very similar to that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were exhibited at the closing ceremonies of the initiation and circumcision of young people in Nkunda society. Indeed, it was in the Maniema region around the Lualaba River and the Great Lakes that Lega sculpture exerted its greatest influence. A costume made of bark textiles and plant fibers concealed the wearer. Biebuck is said to have noted a great similarity between the rituals accompanying the appearance of Kumu masks and those of Lega muminia masks.
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