Early 19th century and likely taken during the Benin Punitive expedition of 1897. Ivory, 7 1/2" length. with natural curvature of the tusk tip. The base of approximately baluster form above the squared impact face. Hatched band flanked by line borders above. Shows enormous age and use with glossy patina and heavy dark encrustation. The striking face worn with old chips. A sacred relic among the oldest of African art objects on the market.