Large Nsembu Mask of Kumu (komo), Democratic Republic of the Cong

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 69620, Ternand, France

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    Large mask with a face with rectangular eyes, a slender nose streaked with horizontal notches that rise and run across the forehead. The mouth is ajar and reveals teeth cut into points.
    The hair is marked with white lines. The two eyes are surrounded by a red band with white dots circled in white. The rest of the face is decorated with white stars.
    This type of mask is called Nsembu. They come out at night and are only visible to initiates. It is a diviner's mask which is used mainly on the death of a member of the brotherhood. It can also be used for solemn divination sessions or initiation rites.
    Kumu people (Bakumu), Bafwamboli region, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Wood, pigments
    H: 44 cm
    First half of the 20th century.
    Provenance: - ex Belgian private collection
    - Collected in situ by Lucien DESMARE (1905-1961)
    Sold with its base


    Style Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)
    Ethnic group Komo - Kumu
    Century 20th century (African Masks 20th century)
    Artist kumu
    Height (cm) 44 cm
    Materials Wood
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days
    Location 69620, Ternand, France

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