A large Chinese ivory tusk carving and rosewood stand, late 19th century, the tusk carved in high relief and open work with processions of figures leading towards an emperor and attendants on one side and an emperor and empress on the other, amid pavilions, rocks and trees, 87cm., the wood stand carved in open work with interlocking prunus branches, total height 87cm.
Nigeria Edo Benin Large Carved Ivory Altar Tusk (1800 to 190 Nigeria) The colour of the tusk was important, as its whiteness was a symbol of ritual purity that is associated with Olokun, the Edo god of the sea. Altar tusks were washed and bleached with citrus juice to remove the remains of sacrifices and to keep them as white as possible.
Rare Indian highly carved ivory tusk, 18th/19th century, 41 inches high. Provenance: Graham Ponte Ltd., London; George W. Headley III, 1968; Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Kentucky. Neal Auction Co. image.
African Angola Loango Coast Ivory Tusk- Originally an old ivory tribal oliphant or trumpet this tusk has been expressively carved with detailed and vivid images of the 19th century European and West African trade in slaves, animals, ivory, fish, timber, rubber and other commodities. It accurately depicts colonial life as it was in the coastal trading stations on the Loango Coast. They are always carved with continuous sp...