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Oliphant (Hunting Horn)

ca. 1200
possibly southern Italian
Ivory, copper alloy
L. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm); W. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Firearms Accessories-Powder Horns
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Hunting horns of this type, carved from elephant ivory (hence the name oliphant), were made by Muslim craftsmen in southern Italy and Sicily for export throughout Europe.
Ex. coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
de Cosson, Charles A. Le Cabinet D'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Étude Descriptive par le Baron de Cosson. Paris, October 31, 1901. p. 106, no. M. 2, pl. 22.

Dean, Bashford. "European and Oriental, Including the William H. Riggs Collection." In Handbook of Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1921.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944.

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