Luba. <em>Pendant</em>, 19th century. Hippopotamus tooth, 3 3/4 x 1 x 1 1/4 in. (9.5 x 2.5 x 3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1235. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1235_PS2.jpg)



Medium: Hippopotamus tooth

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 3 3/4 x 1 x 1 1/4 in. (9.5 x 2.5 x 3.2 cm)


Accession Number: 22.1235

Image: 22.1235_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Pendant with slightly curved torso, carved in the round from a hippopotamus tooth. Face is oval-shaped; eyes, oval and closed; and nose, triangular. From back, headdress is flat with large cross carved in relief. Neck composed of three stacked folds or rings. Arms are close to body; hands hold breasts. Two curved projections extend from bottom of figure on each side. Wooden core is inserted in hollowed-out bottom of figure. Slight discoloration in center of torso; small check on top of head. Below neck area a hole pierces entire object for suspension.

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