Detail of carved ivory horn or 'oliphant'


Carved ivory horn or 'oliphant' from southern Italy. It is in Fatimid style and was either made locally by Muslim craftsmen from Sicily or was imported from Egypt. Note the turbaned, mail-clad warrior near the top, armed with a sword and shield. Such huge and magnificent horns would have been prized possessions among the military elite. (Musée Crozatier, Le Puy, France). Source: p14 WAR - 010 - Saracen Faris 1050-1250 AD by David Nicolle and Christa Hook



Referenced on p108, God's Warriors, Knights Templar, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem by Helen Nicholson & David Nicolle:
Carved ivory horn or 'oliphant' from southern Italy. It is in Fatimid style and was either made locally by Muslim craftsmen from Sicily or was imported from Egypt. Note the turbaned, mail-clad warrior near the top of the horn, armed with a sword and shield. Such huge and magnificent horns would have been prized possessions among the military elite.



Referenced as figure 601 in The military technology of classical Islam by D Nicolle
601. Ivory oliphant, late 11th century AD, Sicilian or south Italian, Musée Crozatier, Le Puy.

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Muslim influenced Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers from Sicily and Southern Italy