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carved ivory container with lid
  • Dumbaya Kenneh
    active: Liberia
  • carved ivory container with lid, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Liberia
  • ivory, wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 18.5 x 9 x 8 cm height with lid
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 1/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/8 in height with lid
  • Gift of C. Susan Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3088.a,b

The cylindrical ivory container (2007.3088.a) has a wooden lid (2007.3088.b). The ivory appears to be a segment of tusk, with a scene carved in relief consisting of palm trees and small houses in the background with an elephant on one side and an antelope with a baby antelope on the other side. It is screwed onto a wooden base. The lid is conical with vertical lines incised toward a round knob at the top. The lid resembles the roofs of the houses behind the antelopes.