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Animals horns, aka ivory

Ivory refers to the mammalian tusks, teeth, and horns which have been considered a valuable sculpting material throughout human history.

History

Mostly poached from elephants, ivory has been widely used for jewelry and handles of weapons, in addition to sculptures.[1]

Mythology

According to the Greek myth, the legendary founder of Elis, Pelops, received an ivory shoulder made by the god Hephaistos to replace the one unwittingly eaten by the goddess Demeter.[2]

5th century BCE

In ancient Greece, the Athenian sculptor Phidias became famous for using chryselephantine, a combination of ivory and gold, to create exquisite statues, such as the Athena Parthenos, a statue of the goddess Athena within Parthenon,[3] and the Statue of the god Zeus within the Temple of Zeus in the Sanctuary of Olympia, Elis.[4]

The tusks of the wild boars around the Greek world were also considered to be ivory.[5]

17th century

Johannes Leo, the husband of Elizabeth Jane Weston, was noted for having an ivory-handled cane.[6]

During the so-called Golden Age of Piracy, ivory was familiar to the pirates like Edward Kenway.[7]

19th century

In the Victorian era, ivory was used occasionally in the crafting of weapons, namely in the butts of firearms and the handles of kukris and cane-swords .[8]

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