Pende, Congo
19th Century
Previous Collection: James Willis, CA

The western Pende create amulets called “Ikhoko”; they are used for personal protection and represent the Muyombo and Mbuya face masks. They are usually crafted in ivory and bone but sometimes in lead and wood ; in this rare case, this example’s medium is bronze. This is a rare type and the quality of the casting is superb. The face is classic with the Pende’s down-cast eyes, bulbous forehead and diminutive mouth. The amulet is pierced for attachment and the holes have extreme wear from generations of use. The overall surface has a soft worn feel from extensive handling.

This amulet stands 1.75” tall.

SOLD / 4-1-11