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
Published: 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.