The ornaments decorated like this were worn by kings and dignitaries to indicate their social status or rank.
The necklace is composed of two wonderful hippopotamus teeth mounted on leather and raffia.
Decorated with white pearls, coral beads and cowrie shells simulating the facies of an animal
bone beads, copper bells attached make up this sumptuous finery.
While the rear consists of five metal bells.
The set is highlighted by leather breastplates decorated recessed and finely engraved plates
61 cm x 26 cm
Democratic Republic of Congo
Early 19th century