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Ivory with traces of pigment
Overall: 10.2 cm (4 in.)
Bequest of Edgar A. Hahn 1972.282
In India ivory has been used to face wooden furniture for more than two thousand years.
Composite creatures with the body of a lion, tusks and trunk of an elephant, and horns of an antelope are standard elements of medieval Indian architecture and furniture. Traces of pigment indicate that these ivory furniture facings were brightly painted.
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