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Native Valour Enhanced by Discipline Trumpeter of the Mangbettu Court and His Carven Horn

NATIVE VALOUR ENHANCED BY DISCIPLINE

TRUMPETER OF THE MANGBETTU COURT AND HIS CARVEN HORN

A soldierly and dignified figure despite his bare feet, and a born fighting man, this is an Askari trooper of the squadron of a native cavalry included in the special African corps in Eritrea that is a substantive part of the Italian army This is one of the old imperial horns, modelled from a choice tusk by a Mangbettu craftsman, in the days when the carvers formed a small, close caste credited with supernatural powers. Any outsider trying to compete with them was in grave danger of being sentenced to be eaten