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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.
Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. p. 106, no. M. 2, pl. 22.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. called XII-XIII century, probably North European).

Dean, Bashford. Handbook of Arms and Armor: European and Oriental, Including the William H. Riggs Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Gilliss Press, January 1915.

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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