Horn (Oliphant) with Case

South Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457

Reflecting the shared visual language of the Mediterranean region, both fabulous beasts and ordinary animals inhabit interlocking roundels carved into this tusk of ivory. Such splendid objects often survived because they were stored in European church treasuries. This horn reportedly belonged to a Benedictine monastery in Dijon, France, and is the only surviving example to retain its original travelling case.

#1168. Horn (Oliphant) with Leather Case

Horn (Oliphant) with Case, Ivory, silver, leather, South Italian

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