Kumu Mask (CMSK 033)

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The Kumu live in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  The Kumu place a high value on loyalty to the extended family and honoring the in-laws. The Kumu are famous for their geometrically abstract style. Masks like this were used during boy’s initiation ceremonies, they were controlled by the Nsembu divination society and believed to be owned by the most prestigious persons in the community.  The following Kumu mask has huge rectangular eye and mouth openings and a long nose running from the forehead, it has an oval shape and a concaved face, it has teeth markings lying on both sides of the lips. It has a shallow face with a brown patina. It shows signs of usage and of considerable age.

Material: Wood

Age:approx 55-70yrs

Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo

Condition: Good

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 5.5 × 16.5 × 36 cm