late 1800s-early 1900s
Overall: 32 x 4 x 6 cm (12 5/8 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8 in.)
René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.448
Oliphants were often sent to Europe as diplomatic gifts from the Congo.
Trumpets were used on various occasions, and ivory examples seem to have been reserved for more solemn circumstances, such as funerals. This instrument is held horizontally when blown, as its mouthpiece is located in the tusk's inner curve. The seated male wearing a shell necklace and a European cloak and hat signifies the acceptance of foreign influence.
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