Hunting Horn (Oliphant), Ivory; carved with gilded silver mounts

Hunting Horn (Oliphant)

Object Name:
Oliphant
Date:
18th century
Geography:
Attributed to India
Medium:
Ivory; carved with gilded silver mounts
Dimensions:
L. 48 1/2 in. (123.2 cm) (along the curve)
Classification:
Ivories and Bone
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.226
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 464
Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, ivory was often used for the hilts of ceremonial weapons as well as for powder horns and primers. Oliphants, or hunting horns, made use of the natural shape of the elephant tusk to produce a resonant sound.
J. Pierpont Morgan (American), New York (until d. 1913; his estate 1913–17; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Indian Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1973–April 1, 1973, no catalogue.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2 ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 52.