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Chess Piece of a King
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 304
The treatise written for craftsmen by the early-twelfth-century monk Theophilus recommends using the red root of the madder plant to stain ivory. Staining allowed one side to be easily distinguished from the other, which was often left unpainted.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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