- Museum number
- Series: Benin Ivory
Altar tusk; made of elephant ivory carved with human and animal figures in relief. Deposits of red earth across surface.
- Production date
- 18thC (circa)
Height: 198.50 centimetres (inner curve: base to tip (approx))
Height: 209 centimetres (outer curve: base to tip (approx))
Width: 10.50 centimetres (base (approx))
Depth: 12 centimetres (base (approx))
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1970-1973, London, Museum of Mankind, Divine Kingship in Africa
- Good. Surface of tusk is friable. Base is damaged.
- Acquisition date
- 21 June 1897
- Acquisition notes
- During the British Expedition to Benin City (Edo) in 1897 objects made of brass, ivory, coral and wood were looted by British soldiers from the royal palace, its storerooms and compounds.
Some of these objects were sold or exchanged on the coast. However, many were brought to the UK where they were sold through private auction, donated to museums, or retained by soldiers of the expedition.
See Collection File: Af1897,-.564-5.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Other BM number: Af1979,01.4555 (previously registered as, in error)