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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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Pyxis with Imperial Families and Ceremonial Scenes

Late Byzantine
1403-1404
ivory
BZ.1936.24

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