The "Nsembu" masks were used only during the rites of the "secret" society of divination Nkunda, They are rare, only the soothsayers of the foreground (the descendants of the first initiates) have possession of them. The masks which personify the spirit of divination are thus transported from one village to another" (de Mahieu, Tribal Art Magazine , 2018)
The Kumu are a Bantu people living in the equatorial forest of eastern Congo DRC in the province of North Kivu, they are neighbors, among others, of the Lega, the Leka, the Lengola, the Songola, the Pere, the Kwame and the Nyanga
- The Komo mask: unique piece, piece that unites, Wauthier de Mahieu, Tribal Art Magazine n°88, Summer 2018 - Het KOMO masker, oorsprong en functie, Wauthier de Mahieu, Africa-Tervuren, XIX, 1973, n°2, pages 29 to 32
LARGE KUMU - KOMO NSEMBU MASK
The "Nsembu" masks were used during the initiation rites of the "secret" divination society Nkunda The Kumu are a Bantu people living in the equatorial forest of eastern Congo DRC, in the province of North Kivu, they are neighbors, among others, of Lega, Leka, Lengola, Songola, Pere, Kwame and Nyanga
TYPE OF OBJECT: Mask.
ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo.
DRC (ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaire).
MATERIAL: Wood, vegetable fibers
DIMENSIONS: About 13 3/4 Inches high (wood only)
CONDITION:Medium Please have a look on the pictures.