The Horn of Ulf

The Horn of Ulf

One of the few surviving artefacts from the beginning of the eleventh century, the Horn of Ulf is a large elephant tusk which was carved in Salerno in Italy.  The figures on it are believed to have been carved by Islamic carvers. 

It belonged to a Viking nobleman, or thane, called Ulf or Ulphus.  Ulf owned large estates around York and throughout Yorkshire.  The Horn acted as a land deed and was given to the Minster when the land transferred in to the ownership of the Dean and Chapter of York. 

It was lost during the Civil War but came back to York Minster, having had the silver mounts added during its disappearance. 


  • York Minster
    The Horn of Ulf can be seen in York Minster's Treasury.

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