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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.


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


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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