• A Tale of Two Ivories: Elephant and Walrus

    Author(s):
    Matthew Elliott Gillman (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Animal Studies, Medieval Art, Medieval Studies
    Subject(s):
    Medieval art
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    materiality, Middle Eastern History, Norse History
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M67Z67
    Abstract:
    This essay offers a short story about long distance trade during the “global” middle ages. It emerges as a response to two seemingly unrelated puzzles: one, the role of walrus ivory in the Norse Atlantic economy; the other, the origins of a mysterious material known in Arabic sources as khutu. Although debated within distinct specializations, these problems have been approached through mirrored argumentation. In one, walrus is seen as being in economic competition with elephant; in the other, khutu seems specifically distinct from the pachyderm.
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