Ivory decorative plaque


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152

Carved from a single tusk of elephant ivory, a material reserved for objects of great value, these female figures once adorned a lavish wood chest or other piece of luxury furniture. The intricate patterns incised on one of the garments represent an elaborately woven textile. Similar ivories were also painted or gilded. Here, scientific analysis has identified traces of red ocher, blue azurite, and cinnabar, a rare and expensive mineral used to create a brilliant red pigment.

#1010. Ivory decorative plaque

Ivory decorative plaque, Ivory, Greek

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