Two Fine and Ancient African Ivory Oliphant's , Ritual Trumpets . One with an old carved figure to the end . With native lead repairs
Two Fine and Ancient African Ivory Oliphant's , Ritual Trumpets . One with an old carved figure to the end . With native lead repairs

Two Fine and Ancient African Ivory Oliphant's , Ritual Trumpets . One with an old carved figure to the end . With native lead repairs

1600 to 1800 Africa

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Two Fine and Ancient African Ivory Oliphant’s , Ritual Trumpets . One with an old carved figure to the end . With native lead repairs
17 th – 18 th Century

Sizes : ( carved ) 91.5 cm high – 36 ins high , including stand ( SOLD )
94 cm high – 37 ins high , including stand
Figurative carved oliphant ( SOLD )

Plain oliphant still available
Provenance : From the collection of an English Private Museum

Side blown trumpets were used throughout Africa for rituals , pageantry , dances , ceremonies and weddings . 'They were used to call people to work , to wrestling matches and to give directions to people lost in the forest' ( Schwab 1947 : 154 ) .
They have been known all over Europe since medieval times , the word Oliphant deriving from Elephant . Ivory horns originally came from Arab artists working in Sicily and the Iberian Peninsula , and from the Orient . Later in the 15 th and early 16 th centuries they began to come to Europe from Africa carved by the Sapi working for Portuguese masters .
The sound produced by the Oliphant is remarkably similar to the actual trumpeting of an elephant . They all retain the shape of an intact tusk , but they range in size from small shrill six inch ( 15 cm ) ones to enormous tusks as long as 8 feet ( 244 cm ) . In many areas of Africa several horns of different sizes are played in concert , especially at royal ceremonial events .
Dimensions
Height 91.50 cm (36.02 inches)
Medium
Ivory
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