- Label Text
- This bone pendant is a miniature version of a type of mask used in initiation retreats. These pendants were also made of wood, ivory and palm nut. However, today they are also made of aluminum. Worn around the neck, they function as protective and healing devices.
- Triangular-shaped bone pendant mask with three-horn hairstyle and zigzag motif at the hairline. The eyes appear to be closed or to have projecting pupils and the nose has prominent nostrils with coffee bean mouth.
- Walschot collection, Belgium, before 1973
- Emile M. Deletaille, Brussels, 1973 to 1985
- Exhibition History
- Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2017-ongoing
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Pende artist
- Early to mid-20th century
- Credit Line
- Museum purchase
- H x W x D: 4.8 x 2.6 x 1.9 cm (1 7/8 x 1 x 3/4 in.)