KUMU, face masks,
Democratic Republic of Congo (f Zaire)

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Kumu masks are amongst the most important objects to their culture. They are used by the Nkunda society of sorcerers who call upon primordial ancestors for purposes of social control. Taking hallucinogens was part of these cermonies and during the ensuing trance information was revealed. This served the Kumu as one of major methods of divination.

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KUMU 001, 9"x 6"

KUMU 002, 9.5"x 6.5"

KUMU 003, 12.5"x 7"



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KUMU 004, 13"x 8.5"


KUMU 005, 12"x 7.25"



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