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Author Shalem, Avinoam, author.

Title The oliphant : Islamic objects in historical context / by Avinoam Shalem
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2004


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 157 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Islamic history and civilization. Studies and texts, 0929-2403 ; v. 54
Islamic history and civilization ; v. 54. 0929-2403
Contents Prologue -- State of research -- Ivory-the substance -- Cutting and carving-the making of oilphants -- Stylistic classification -- Function and meaning -- Oilphants in church treasuries
Summary Setting a group of medieval carved ivory horns in the specific artistic and historical context in which they were manufactured, used and re-used, this book presentsa mine of information for the study of medieval history. The first chapters explore such technical aspects as the cutting and carving of oliphants, and also the broader issues of the morphology of ivory and its availability in the Mediterranean basin in the Middle Ages. On the basis of specific carving methods and varying vocabulary of motifs, the oliphants are organized into groups and their probable sites of production are suggested. The core of this volume, however, is the attempt to place them in their specific historical context. The purpose of their mass-production, namely their patronage and original function, is explored, but also their reception and new functions in the church treasuries of Latin Europe is broadly discussed. -- Book jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 139-151) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Oliphant.
Decorative arts, Fatimid -- Influence
CRAFTS & HOBBIES -- Carving.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781429427494