Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, ivory was often used for the hilts of ceremonial weapons as well as for powder horns and primers. Oliphants, or hunting horns, made use of the natural shape of the elephant tusk to produce a resonant sound.
J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (until d. 1913; his estate 1913–17; gifted to MMA)
Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2 ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 52.