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Kumu Mask Painted Congo Africa

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Title Kumu Mask Painted Congo Africa
Country of Origin Democractic Republic of Congo
People Kumu or Komo
Materials wood, paint
Approximate Age Early 20th century
Dimensions Height: 13 Inches
Width: 7.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Scrapes and chips; Repaired nose

Additional Information: The masks of the Kumu (Komo) have become known to collectors only in the last quarter century, mostly as a result of an influx of foreign aide workers into the region.  The Kumu live on the western edges of the Ituri Rainforest, one of the few remaining virgin ecosystems left on earth. Ituri lies just to the west of the Great Lakes Region and the countries of Uganda and Tanzania. It is home to many rare animals and plants, as well as many human cultures which are ethnological mysteries. The rare okapi, the world's most endangered antelope, lives in Ituri, as well as some of the last surviving mountain and lowland gorillas. Artistically, the Ituri peoples are interrelated to such an extent that styles, shapes, and coloration tend to coalesce. Sadly, the civil unrest in the Congo will limit research and scientific inquiry for years to come. The unifying factor in Ituri art is a naive beauty and charm, both irresistible and heartbreaking.