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Oliphant

Date:
12th century
Geography:
Made in Almalfi, Italy
Culture:
South Italian
Medium:
Ivory, metal mounts
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 15/16 x 3 9/16 in. (43 x 9 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.218
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Decorated elephant tusks could be employed as drinking vessels, as horns to announce the hunt, or as symbols of feudal rights. In churches, some served as reliquary containers. As this example shows Christ as the Lamb of God, it probably was made for a Christian patron.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
Shalem, Avinoam. Die mittelalterlichen Olifante: Volume 2, Plates. Die Elfenbeinskulpturen. Berlin: Deutscher Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 2014. no. D1, pl. D1.a–d.

Shalem, Avinoam. Die mittelalterlichen Olifante: Volume 1, Text. Die Elfenbeinskulpturen. Berlin: Deutscher Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft, 2014. no. D1, pp. 103, 134, 366–69.

Moore J. Kenneth, Jayson Kerr Dobney, and Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. p. 42-43.



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