Carved Tooth

Carved Tooth

late 1800s

Hippopotamus ivory and organic material

Overall: 33 cm (13 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Charles E. Roseman 1969.137



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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