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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

The Nativity

Early Byzantine
end of 7th century - 8th century
ivory
BZ.1951.30

Plaque with the Incredulity of Thomas

Middle Byzantine
mid 10th century
ivory
BZ.1937.7

Isiac Cult Scene

Roman Egyptian
second half of 2nd century
ivory
BZ.1942.1

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