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Loxodonta africana
Common Name: African Bush Elephant
Material and Medium: ivory, metal
Place Object Found: West Africa, Africa
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: A24.10.76.1
This remarkable specimen is a portion of a tusk from an African Elephant. It was imported in the late 19th century, when ivory was used extensively in Sheffield's cutlery industry. What makes it truly interesting is the spear tip that is embedded in it. There is some evidence of regrowth around the spear, showing that the animal survived at least one attack during its life. This shows how desperate the life of elephants was during this time, and explains why their numbers shrank to a dangerously low level during the 20th century.
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