Chiefs Horn

An ivory horn with a rope handle. It has raised carved decoration near the mouth piece and incised circular patterns down the body, forming a figure resembling a crocodile. Horns of this kind were often called war horns but a chiefs horn is a more accurate description as they were most commonly played by a hornblower who attended the chief.

Further Information

  • Type: Musical instruments, Regalia, Ivories
  • Object: Chiefs Horn
  • Materials: Bone, ivory, tooth
  • Culture Group: Mende
  • Dimensions: 395mm [L] x 65mm x 55mm
  • Production Date: Pre 1892
  • Associated Places: Unknown
  • Associated People: Thomas Joshua Alldridge (Collector)
  • Museum: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Accession Number: BMAG:R3483/6

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