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Whampoa's descendant donates rare whale tusk

The narwhal tusk, which is at least 200 years old, will be displayed at the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.

Published on Jun 20, 2014 6:36 AM
 

The sword-like tusk of a whale known as the ''unicorn of the ocean'' will take pride of place at the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum when it opens next year.

The narwhal tusk, which is at least 200 years old, had belonged to businessman ''Whampoa'' Hoo Ah Kay, one of Singapore's pioneers of the 1800s.

On Wednesday, his greatgranddaughter Hoo Miew Oon, 79, donated the family heirloom to the museum, formerly known as the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.

The 2.7m-long tusk, which when placed upright is as tall as the tallest human in history, had been given to Whampoa in the 1860s by the Russian government, for whom he was consul in Singapore.

 
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