Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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carved ivory tusk
  • unknown Kongo maker
  • carved ivory tusk, circa 1900
  • Where object was made: Loango Coast, French Congo (present-day Republic of the Congo)
  • ivory, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 40 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 15 3/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Wolfgang and Susan Hamburger
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, C3
  • 2007.1814
Label Text

The small, hollow ivory tusk has a band of human figures carved in a spiraling band. The figures include: people walking, kneeling or sitting, one person being carried, and one man wearing a hat. The hair has been made darker on most of the figures.