Carved Hippopotamus Tooth
Date Late 19th century - early 20th century
Artist:Kongo peoples, Congolese
Dimensions Overall: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Medium Ivory tusk with wood
Credit Line Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
Description Small carved tusk, 4 bands; probably rhinocerus tooth mounted on wood block. Made by the Kongo in Zaire. Afro-Portuguese ivory.
Provenance They were donated to this Museum in 1971 by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. The tusks were acquired by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., sometime between 1950 and 1960. Unfortunately, we do not know from whom Mr. Chrysler acquired these artifacts. Prior to their arrival here in 1971, they were in the museum Mr. Chrysler had in Provincetown, Mass., which opened in 1958 and closed in 1970 (Chrysler Art Museum of Provincetown).
Object Label Carved Hippopotamus Tooth, late 19th to early 20th century Kongo peoples, Congolese (African) Ivory tusk with wood, 8 1/2 in. Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. 71.2399
Object Number 71.2399