ROMANESQUE IVORY ANTIQUITIES AND DYPTCHS - PICTURES IMAGES PHOTOS { 98 images } Created 20 Nov 2016

Medieval Romanesque and Gothic ivory antiquities and ivory depths photos pictures and images. One of the most precious antiquities of Medieval Europe are the fragile ivory antiquities that have somehow survived. From the twelfth century the medieval Romanesque book covers were made out of carved ivory as well as many different types of religious items from plaques to ecclesiastic furniture. All of these items became more precious through the twelfth century as Ivory supplies dwindled. In the thirteenth century Ivory became more available leading to a revival of ivory carving. In the Gothic period ivory was used to make statuettes as well as small decorative panels which were folded together to form diptychs (two panels), triptychs (three panels), and polyptychs (many panels). These panels were carved in low relief with religious scenes. Other luxury ivory items included luxury objects for personal use, such as combs, mirror backs, writing tablets, and caskets. The golden age of Gothic ivory carving spanned a century and a half, from about 1230 to 1380, at which point the supply of ivory to northern Europe again dwindled.
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