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Sierra Leone • Ivory, 15th–16th c. • H. 23,1 cm • Courtesy of Entwistle Gallery, London.
For comparison purposes, see here another saltcellar from The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
This saltcellar is both an extraordinary example of skilled workmanship and an artifact that epitomizes a singularly important convergence of cultures. In the second half of the fifteenth century, Portuguese explorers and traders were impressed by the considerable talent of ivory carvers they encountered along the coast of West Africa. As a result, they were inspired to commission works of this kind for their patrons, which ingeniously combine both European aesthetics and forms with those of Africa…
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