Hunting horn

Photo Credit:Franko Khoury, National Museum of African Art
April 5, 2010
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Photo Credit:Franko Khoury, National Museum of African Art

Bullom or Temne peoples, Sierra Leone
Late 15th century
Ivory, metal
H x W x D: 64.2 x 16.4 x 9cm (25 1/4 x 6 7/16 x 3 9/16in.)
Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company

The placement of the mouthpiece on the end rather than the side indicates this hunting horn was carved for foreign use. One of three surviving examples by the same hand, its elaborate relief carvings include European hunting scenes, heraldic devices and inscriptions. It was commissioned to mark a significant event in the histories of Portugal and Spain.

Walt Disney-Tishman Collection Donation - Sept. 29, 2005