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Byzantine Ivory and Bone

Medieval carved ivory has survived in large quantities because it does not readily decay and cannot easily be reused. The maximum size of an ivory plaque is restricted by the size and shape of elephant tusks, but its extreme density makes it suitable for carving fine details.

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Virgin Hodegetria, St. John the Baptist, and St. Basil from a plaque

Middle Byzantine
Second half of 10th century
ivory
BZ.1939.8

Triptych Leaf with St. Constantine

Middle Byzantine
Mid-10th century
ivory
BZ.1947.11

Descent from the Cross

Middle Byzantine
Second half of 10th century
ivory
BZ.1952.12

Triptych with the Virgin Hodegetria and Saints

Middle Byzantine
Late 10th century
ivory
BZ.1996.1

Plaque with the Incredulity of Thomas

Middle Byzantine
Mid-10th century
ivory
BZ.1937.7

Plaque with the Koimesis (Dormition of the Virgin)

Middle Byzantine
End of 10th century
ivory
BZ.1937.5

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