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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A West African Ivory Ritual Trumpet or Oliphant"
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Old worn and shaded patina
Size: 79 cm (across) – 31 ins (across)
Deriving from the word elephant, the Oliphant is a side blown trumpet, the sound of which is remarkably similar to the actual trumpeting of an elephant. Retaining the shape of the natural tusk they range in size from small highly pitched ones at six inches to enormous bellowing ones of eight feet long.