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Pendant Amulet (Ikhoko)

2 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 in. (5.7 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm)

Unknown, Western Pende
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Object Type: Jewelry
Medium and Support: Ivory
Credit Line: R.T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1951.114
Location: Currently on view
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This amulet was worn around the neck of a young Pende man beginning with his initiation into the men’s secret society and remaining as a part of his personal adornment for life. This face is a smaller version of the masks worn during initiation and would later act as a reminder to the wearer of the moral codes instilled in those formative ceremonies.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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