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Name of Object:

Oliphant

Location:

Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art

Date:

Hegira 5th century / AD 11th century

Type of object:

Islamic ivory horn

Museum Inventory Number:

IV.7

Period / Dynasty:

Fatimid or Norman

Provenance:

Italy, Sicily

Description:

Oliphants were made for the European market, either crafted by Islamic artisans or decorated in the Islamic aestheic. The ivory would have originated in Africa, indicating trade beween the West and the Fatimids, who controlled the exportation of the raw material.

Citation of this web page:

 "Oliphant" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;qt;Mus21;2;en&id=ivory

MWNF Working Number: QT 02

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