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Losing Teeth

29/07/2009

Human Tooth

Carved Ivory

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  1. Bodger permalink
    30/07/2009 9:49 am

    The Tooth Fairy will struggle to get into your tower.

  2. George Bankes permalink
    04/08/2009 6:30 pm

    I think the carved tusk is from the Congo and was carved in the 19th century. I remember collecting from an old lady in Greater Manchester along with a collection of other ivory carvings. This collection included a white man being carried in a hammock by 2 Africans and this carving was displayed in the Contact and Tourism case at the entrance of the first Living Cultures gallery (now the Manchester gallery). I think the African climbing the tree on this tusk (second up from bottom) may be trying to get palm oil, which can be made into palm wine, a strong drink.

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