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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.

Name of Object:

Oliphant

Location:

Doha, Qatar

Holding Museum:

Museum of Islamic Art

About Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Date of Object:

Hegira 5th century / AD 11th century

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, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;qt;Mus21;2;en

MWNF Working Number: QT 02

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 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Fatimids

Siculo–Norman Art


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