- The Galleria Estense
- Museo Lapidario Estense
- Biblioteca Estense Universitaria di Modena
- The Pinacoteca Nazionale
- Palazzo Ducale
Sierra Leone, Fifteenth/Sixteenth century
Ivory, 29 x 13cm
This receptacle consists of an animal figure atop a rhombus-shaped box (which opens at its middle) supported in turn by arches, decorated with crocodiles and serpents, that emerge from a conical base. Such strikingly refined objects were made by African artisans in Sierra Leone and were distributed―primarily by Portuguese merchants―throughout Europe.