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Horn (animal part)

Object Number:37-22-34
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Sierra Leone
Sherbro Island
Height: 7.5 cm
Length: 65 cm
Width: 14 cm
Credit Line:Expedition to Sierra Leone, West Africa; Henry Usher Hall, 1937
Other Number:299 - Collector Number


Woman's head carved at top. Side-blown; the rectangular mouthpiece is cut in an elliptical relief area. The ornamentation consists chiefly of raised rings and of flat bands in low relief bearing an incised herring-bone pattern. The middle portion is hexagonal in sections. The horn is carried by an attendant of the Chief when the latter is on tour and blown to give notice of his approach. It is also blown to summon the people of his own town for any purpose, when he is at home.

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