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Female Dancing Dwarf

Date:
mid-18th century
Culture:
German or Netherlandish
Medium:
Ivory; base: ivory and wood
Dimensions:
Height: 5 1/8 in. (13 cm); Height (base): 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of Alfred and Victoria Harris, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.422.3a, b
Not on view
These figures (see also 1976.422.2a, b) are carved in the back and the front, though not truly in the round. The carver was utilizing as much of the thin part of the tusk as he could to create a three-dimensional image; the dark concave areas on the figures' backs show the remains of the tusk's pulp cavity.
Alfred and Victoria Harris (until 1976; to MMA)
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