The Oliphant: Islamic Objects in Historical Context

The Oliphant Islamic Objects in Historical Context 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 presents a mine of information for the study

  • Title: The Oliphant: Islamic Objects in Historical Context
  • Author: Avinoam Shalem
  • ISBN: 9789004137943
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 presents a 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 itsSetting 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 presents a 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.

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