A rare warthog ivory tusk carved spirally with scenes of West African life. The tusk depicts scenes of West African life and the enslavement of Africans, who are shown being taken to the coast to be sold to slave traders. At the bottom there is a dog at the feet of a seated women holding her child and on top there is a kneeling character with pointy hat - probably a chief - holding a ritual cup.
Produced on the Loango coast, between Cape Lopez and the Zaire River in West Africa. Late 19th century.
Provenance: art & antique trade (Brussels) acquired in 2017.
Dimensions: approximate length (measures from the back to the tip) of the tusk 25,5 cm ; diameter about 4cm x 3cm.
References: similar tusks can be found in museums and important private collection, a.o. at the Royal Museums Greenwich - inventory number ZBA2430
Mounted on a custom-made metal stand.
Price : on request