Carved Tooth

late 1800s
Location: not on view
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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.
Carved Tooth

Carved Tooth

late 1800s

Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cabinda, or Republic of the Congo, probably Vili-style maker

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