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Oliphant

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Elephant tusk carved in sharp relief with six wide bands depicting graphic hunting scenes of wolves attacking a deer, an eagle clutching a rabbit in its talons, and lions attacking a bull, alternating with narrow bands of zigzag ornament. Later iron chain.

Provenance

About 1750, acquired by Anselm Kasimir, Graf zu Eltz [see note 1]; until 1957, by descent within the family to Jakob Graf zu Eltz, Eltville, Germany; 1957, sold by Graf zu Eltz, through Count Ernst Otto von Solms-Laubach (b. 1890 - d. 1977), Frankfurt, to the MFA for $25,000. (Accession Date: October 9, 1957). NOTES: [1] The provenance of the oliphant was established with the generous assistance of Dr. Karl Graf zu Eltz.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

Southern Italy (probably Amalfi), about 1100

Object Place

Amalfi, Southern Italy

Dimensions

53.4 cm (21 in.)

Accession Number

57.581

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Decorative arts