Oliphant (Hunting Horn), Ivory, copper alloy, possibly southern Italian

Oliphant (Hunting Horn)

Date:
ca. 1200
Culture:
possibly southern Italian
Medium:
Ivory, copper alloy
Dimensions:
L. 16 15/16 in. (43 cm); W. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Firearms Accessories-Powder Horns
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.178
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, 104, no. M.2, pl. 22.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Hand-book (Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)), Vol. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. p. 123.

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. p. 26, pl. XI p. 40.

Dean, Bashford. Handbook of Arms and Armor: European and Oriental, Including the William H. Riggs Collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3rd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 1921. p.26, 40, pl. XI.

Dean, Bashford, and Robert T. Nichol. Handbook of Arms and Armor, European and Oriental, edited by Stephen V. Grancsay. 4th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, October 1930. pp. 62, 66, no. 30.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 128.