Edo. <em>Altar Tusk</em>, 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)

Altar Tusk


Medium: Elephant ivory

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:18th century

Dimensions: 80 11/16 x 5 1/2 in. (205 x 14 cm)


Accession Number: 39.110

Image: 39.110_acetate_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
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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