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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 Moses Receiving the Law and Daniel in the Lions' Den

Early Byzantine
End of 5th-to-6th century
ivory and polychromy
BZ.1936.22

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