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Royal Altar Tusk

MO 63.2295
Royal Altar Tusk
Benin peoples, maker unknown
18th century
Nigeria, Africa
Elephant tusk, wood
52"
Carved elephant tusk from the altar of a deceased Oba of Benin. The tusk is carved in registers and should be read starting from the bottom row and moving upward.
This tusk was presented to President John F. Kennedy by Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa during his state visit to the White House on July 25, 1961.
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Prime Minister of Nigeria (1957-1966)
  • JFKPOF-122a-007
  • JFKPOF-122a-008
  • JFKWHP-1961-07-27-E
National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. John F. Kennedy Library. (04/01/1985- )
Donated to the United States
JFKSG-MO-1963-2295