Edo. <em>Altar Tusk (Aken’ni Elao)</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_view01_PS11.jpg)

Altar Tusk (Aken’ni Elao)


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_view01_PS11.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
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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