Fragment of an Oliphant

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457

Throughout the Mediterranean, hunting was considered a princely or aristocratic activity. Oliphants were signal horns associated with the hunt. This fragment comes from such a horn, and is elaborately carved with interlacing vines that form linked medallions, enclosing mythical beasts and birds, some of which have tails ending in heads or scrolls.

Fragment of an Oliphant, Ivory; carved

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