Art/ Collection/ Art Object


19th century
Probably Sierra Leone
Probably Mende people
Ivory tusk
Height: 32 1/2 in. (82.6 cm) Diameter: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-horn
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
This decorative side-blown horn is a nineteenth-century imitation of Afro-Portuguese-style horns. The coat of arms and insignia decorating the side are those of Isabella and Sigismonodo Malataesta, Italian nobles. This horn continues a fifteenth-and sixteenth-century tradition but adds various later Eurpean decorative elements. Certain features, such as the figure at the tip and the ridged area below the mouthpiece, suggest that it may in part be the work of the Mende people of Sierra Leone.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 17, ill.

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