Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Necklace: Pendant

16th–18th century
Chokwe peoples
Wood, ceramic, raffia
H x W: 11 x 14 3/4in. (27.9 x 37.5cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Herbert Weiss, 1996
Accession Number:
Not on view
The broad expanse of open savanna in present-day Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola became a major center of trade between European and African peoples as early as the seventeenth century. The region was intersected by multiple trade routes that connected the Atlantic coast to the Central African interior and facilitated the exchange of European goods for African slaves and forest products such as ivory, rubber, and wax. Chiefs who managed to control this trade became exceptionally wealthy and powerful individuals.
Herbert Weiss, New York, until 1996

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