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Museum of Islamic Art
Hegira 5th century / AD 11th century
Fatimid or Norman
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.
"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