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Luba peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Amulet
Ivory
H. 7 1/16 in. (18.1 cm)
Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection
Indiana University Art Museum, 79.79.2


Carved from ivory, a prestige material of the highest order in most of sub-Saharan Africa, amulets such as this one are said to commemorate deceased relatives. They may be given the names of those ancestors and are believed to protect their wearers.