KONGO SIDE BLOWN HORN (MPUNGI / OLIFANT)
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Democratic Republic of Congo
17" / 43.2 cm
Richard Scheife (Field Collected 1970's)
Estimated Early to Mid 20th Century.
A prominent leader would have owned this horn. It was blown to announce his arrival at special events and state occasions. The deep red-orange color resulted from repeated applications of palm oil and years of handling.
Ivory transverse horn the tip of which is carved in the form of a kneeling figure. Beneath the figure on the concave side is a rectangular section that is pierced for the blow hole. The hole is diamond in shape, and set in a square section that juts out slightly from the tusk. The rest of the tusk constitutes about two-thirds of the total length. The widest part is decorated with a crocodile motif on either side. The horn has a glossy burnished orange patina as a result of repeated applications of palm oil and years of handling.
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