This object resembles a n-konu, a sculpted slit gong decorated with a fully realized human head. Diviners used the n-konu to ascertain the cause or meaning of continued misfortune, untimely death or sustained illness. This piece, however, is too small to have functioned as such. N-konu range in size from 26 to 50.4 cm and are also used as musical instruments, mixing bowls for preparing medicines from vegetal ingredients and as stools. Its diminutive size and the medicine stored in it suggest that this piece functioned as a protective amulet that was worn or carried during the hunt or while on a journey.