- Label Text
- Ivory pendants are miniature versions of a kind of mask used in initiation retreats. Pendants were also made of wood, bone and palm nut; today they are also made of aluminum. Worn around the neck, they function as protective and healing amulets.
- Ivory pendant mask in the form of a face with a rectangular projection below the chin and tubular projection above the forehead. The chin projection has four circle dot motifs and the head projection has rows of a triangular motif. Pendant has continuous v-form brows and closed oval eyes. Traces of pigment (camwood and/or resin) are visible in the recessed areas.
- Emile M. Deletaille, Brussels, before 1973 to 1985
- Exhibition History
- Treasures 2008, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., April 9-August 24, 2008
- Masques du Monde, Société Génerale de Banque, Brussels, June 28-July 31, 1974
- Published References
- Patton, Sharon F. and Bryna Freyer. 2008. Treasures 2008. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 82-83.
- Société Génerale de Banque. 1974. Masques du monde. Bruxelles: Société Génerale de Banque, no. 72.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Pende artist
- Late 19th-early 20th century
- Credit Line
- Museum purchase
- H x W x D: 5.1 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm (2 x 1 x 1 in.)