Kidumu Society Mask - Tsaye, sub-group of the Teke, D.R.Congo M10
Kidumu Society Mask - Tsaye, sub-group of the Teke, D.R.Congo M10
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Kidumu Society Mask - Tsaye, sub-group of the Teke, D.R.Congo M10

$5,000.00
These disk-shaped painted masks were used in ceremonies for the secret Kidumu society whose purpose was to strengthen the religious & social cohesion of the Teke. This political- religious institution intervened in all the major events of social life: circumcision, the marriage of a notable, the death of a chief, alliances, judgements etc. The dancer, accompanied by music, would appear alone at the end of the ceremony. The Kidumu still exists today but has only kept its folkloric aspect. The Teke were noted traders, and their name means 'to buy'.

Originally purchased in Paris by Dr. John Dintenfass, New York in the 1970ís Ex. Graven Images Ltd., New York 1991 and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Eroded in areas, especially left side of face. No stand.

Height: 13" x Width: 12" x Depth:
3 3/4".

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