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: