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A ceremonial side blown trumpet, carved from the tusk of an elephant. With a brass sleeve
Size: 171cm high – 67¼ ins high – 180cm high – 71 ins high (with base)
A watercolour painted before 1666 by the Italian renaissance collector Manfredo Settala of Milan shows two oliphants, a handwritten note accompanies it stating 'Elephant tooth arranged to play, used in the Kingdom of Congo to be played in front of the King.....'