A Side Blown West African Ivory Oliphant or Ceremonial Trumpet

A Side Blown West African Ivory Oliphant or Ceremonial Trumpet

1800 to 1900 West African

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A Side Blown West African Ivory Oliphant or Ceremonial Trumpet
Old smooth, silky, golden patina
19th Century

Size : 76 cm wide, 10 cm dia. ( max ) – 30 ins wide, 4 ins dia. ( max )
Provenance : Ex Private London collection, sold by Finch and Co 1998
Ivory Oliphant's are used throughout West Africa as trumpets at weddings, funerals, investiture ceremonies, court dances and at Royal circumcisions. The Oba of Benin had a team of special Royal trumpeters who, holding gigantic ivory tusks would announce the coming and going of the King.
Dimensions
Height 76.00 cm (29.92 inches)
Depth 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
Medium
Ivory
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