A Pende ivory pendant
Lot 2579
A Pende ivory pendant
US$ 2,500 - 3,500
£1,500 - 2,100
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Pende ivory pendant
Democratic Republic of Congo, of classical form with finely carved features and long projecting chin. Fine honey-yellow patina with brown overtones.
height 2in


  • Exhibited:
    Governors State University, IL, 2003
    Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003
    Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004
    Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005

    Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.36, fig.81

    Such ivory pendants, known as Gikhokho or Ikhoko, were worn traditionally by the Pende as miniature representations of larger wooden masks and used as amulets. This example clearly refers to the Giwoyo mask. Its fine patination suggests a great deal of traditional usage.
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