Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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carved tusk
  • Africa
  • carved tusk, late 1800s–1950
  • ivory, ink, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 29.5 x 10.5 x 3.5 cm width includes curve of tusk
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 5/8 x 4 1/8 x 1 3/8 in width includes curve of tusk
  • Gift of Dr. Curt Von Wedel
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3247

The curved tusk is carved on two sides. Each side depicts a fish with a four-petaled flower or plant and a bird eating a leaf. The eyes are colored black. The fish appears to have a tail with eyespots, which are also colored black.