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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "West African Loango Coast Kongo or Vili Peoples Carved Ivory Tusk"
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Size: 33.5cm long – 13¼ ins long
Evidence of the daily lives of the people, and all the commodities bought and sold in the area around the mouth of the Zaire river by European and African merchants alike can be found on these tusks. There are depictions of monkeys, birds, serpents and snakes and an antelope as well as people on this tusk.
The scenes are separate vignettes and not meant to be read as a continuous story line. The spiral band acts as a ground line for the procession of figures seen in profile and probably alludes to the path that the people believe the dead follow from earth to the ancestral realm and back again to be reborn.