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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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Diptych of Philoxenus

Early Byzantine
525 CE
ivory
BZ.1935.4

Medicine Box with Hygieia

Early Byzantine
6th century
ivory
BZ.1948.15

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