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Ivory Sculptures

Ivory has been used for sculpting since prehistoric times, and is often regarded as a rare and expensive material. Though ivory is often associated with elephant tusks, any animal tooth or tusk can be used. Ivory is especially rare in contemporary sculpture, as there are numerous restrictions and outright bans on its use today.

Ivory sculpting goes as far back as the Stone Age, which carved human and animal figures from tusks and bones. It played an important role in the arts of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and Rome, but it was early Christianity that really adapted ivory sculpting to their needs. Because of their persecution, Christians needed small and a portable religious sculpture, for which ivory was well suited. Revivals in ivory carving took place during the Renaissance and Baroque... Read more

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March 21, 2018, 2:00 PM CET
Munich, Germany

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Dieppe triptych

March 25, 2018, 3:00 PM CET
Gent, Belgium

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