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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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Rosette Casket with Warriors, Dionysiac Figures, and Animals

Byzantine
Second half of 10th or first half of 11th Century
bone and ivory on wood
BZ.1953.1

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