Carved Tooth

Carved Tooth

late 1800s

Hippopotamus ivory

Overall: 33 cm (13 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Charles E. Roseman 1969.137

Description

This is a fine example of art produced for sale to European visitors in the Lower Congo River area. A long history of cultural and artistic interactions between Africans and Europeans began in 1482, when the Portuguese first established diplomatic ties with the rulers of the Kongo kingdoms. Note the image of a foreign merchant pouring whiskey from a keg.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Ivory

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