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Early Medieval; early 12th century
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Early Medieval Religion: Saints and Pilgrimage
This finely carved piece of ivory is a fragment of a figure of Christ from a crucifix. It is carved in the early medieval Romanesque style, and was probably made in the 1120s or 1130s. The ivory comes not from an elephant but from a walrus. Walrus tusks from the Arctic seas were brought to northern Europe by traders from Scandinavia at a time when the spread of Islam disrupted trade in the Mediterranean, and elephant ivory from Africa or India wasn't available.
H 134 mm; W 32 mm; D 27 mm
bone; walrus ivory
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