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Elephant tusk

Can anyone identify this Elephant tusk. I believe it to be from Asia, and has been made into a horn. It has Q.M.DIX.GOVE. inscibed on it, and is about 23 inches long.ivory horn 2.jpgivory horn.jpg

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    Feb 11, 2014 9:48 PM (in response to Dicks)
    Re: Elephant tusk

    Elephant tusks are solid ivory over almost their whole length. This looks to be hollow and the fact you say it has been made into a horn re-inforces this. The outer sheath of a 'cow horn' looks exactly like the item here. The centre of a Cow horn is made of bone and is part of the skull. The central bone is covered with a Keratinous sheath which is hollow and can be made into an instrument which makes a sound when blown - a 'horn'.

     

    The writing looks to be written in the style of roman numerals, MDIX would be 1509, how old could this be?

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