Altar Tusk (Aken’ni Elao)
Arts of Africa
"39.110" in black along the outside edge of the base; "AF/5066" inside the opening
Alfred W. Jenkins Fund
Until at least 1897, Benin Kingdom; 1897, reportedly taken from the Royal Palace during the British military raid and occupation of Benin City by an unidentified British agent; between 1897 and 1921, provenance not yet documented; before 1921, reportedly acquired by Lieutenant-Colonel Maximilian John de Bathe; by 1921, acquired by William O. Oldman of London, United Kingdom; 1921, purchased from William O. Oldman by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA; 1939, transferred from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology to the Brooklyn Museum, by exchange.
Large carved elephant tusk with multiple figures in low relief. Figures carved on the tusk include divine representations of a deceased king such as the fish and a man with two crocodiles issuing from his head. In addition men holding spears, a European with a crossbow, an ibis with a catfish in its bill, etc. are shown.
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Edo. Altar Tusk (Aken’ni Elao), 18th century. Elephant ivory, 80 11/16 x 5 1/2 in. (205 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred W. Jenkins Fund, 39.110. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.110_view01_PS11.jpg)
overall, 39.110_view01_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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