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)
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.218
Large decorated elephant tusks were used for both religious and secular purposes. They could be employed as drinking vessels, as horns to announce the hunt, or as symbols of feudal rights. Many were given to churches, and some served as reliquary containers. This example shows Christ as the Lamb of God.