17” length, the end carved as a kneeling man with hands at his sides. The embouchure comprising an opening on his abdomen in the same way as the fetish compartments of Congolese (Vili) fetish figures. Additional geometric bands below. The mouth end encased in reptile skin with some chips/flaking to the mouth edge. The skin well preserved and the ivory with unparalleled dark coffee patina. During the period in the Congo, most tribal groups were assimilated forming bands of slavers. Slaves were captured by raiding as well as tribal warfare. War was conducted specifically for the purpose of slave capture and not, territorial. War trumpets such as this were used to signal before, during and after battle as they could be heard over the cries of the victims and were highly valued by slavers. This example with its figural form combines African Art with the history of the slave trade.