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Object Name: Miniature mask
Culture: Pende peoples
Place of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Date/Era: 19th century
Credit Line: Gift of the Wellcome Trust.
Accession Number: X65.6165
A number of Central African peoples make and wear elegant ivory pendants and combs as prestige items. Pende ornaments depicting a human face are worn around the neck and are prized for their coolness and whiteness.
Source: Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006