Pende Pendant, Democratic Republic of the Congo
height 2 3/4in (7cm)
Merton Simpson, New York
Private Collection, California
The carving of ivory is a highly developed art form of the Pende. These miniature masks, ikoko, are worn on necklaces by men to signify the "successful" completion of circumcision. The work offered here is finely carved with rich, honey brown patina.