Jul 23, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 23, 2009

Carved Tooth

Carved Tooth

late 1800s

Hippopotamus ivory and organic material

Overall: 33 cm (13 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Charles E. Roseman 1969.137


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Spiral motifs have been found on Kongo Kingdom ivory carvings since at least the 1500s.


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.

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