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Edo. Altar Tusk, 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_acetate_bw.jpg)
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Large carved elephant tusk with multiple figures in low relief.
Carved elephant tusk which was said to have been a king's fetish set upright on the altar in a Juju house or temple, supported by a bronze head such as 39.111. 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.
Condition: browned and chipped
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