X65.6165 Miniature mask

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Miniature mask
Pende peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
19th century
Ivory
X65.6165; Gift of the Wellcome Trust.

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Description

A number of Central African peoples make and wear elegant ivory pendants and combs as prestige items. Pende ornaments depicting a human face are worn around the neck and are prized for their coolness and whiteness.

Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006

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