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Luba charm "mikisi mihasi" - Luba ivory pendants are portraits, or at least likenessess, and are named and honored in memory of certain revered ancestors. Sculpted from bone and horn as well as from ivory, these delicate diminutive figures were suspended from cords together with other objects, including amulets, beads, and horns. The cords were worn diagonally across the chest or were attached to the arm. Devotees anointed the figures with oil in homage of the ancest... H: 10 cm

mininga-univers: (via (171) Democratic Republic of Congo | ‘mikisi mihasi’ pendant from the Luba people; ivory. H: 11.5 cm | | White | Pinterest | Le Congo, Pendentifs et Enchères)

Africa | Pendant from the Luba people of DR Congo | Ivory, coating | 20th century; bequest to American Museum of Natural History in 1977