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  • Production date:

    Early Medieval; early 12th century

  • Location:

    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.

  • Measurements

    H 134 mm; W 32 mm; D 27 mm

  • Materials

    bone; walrus ivory

  • Last Updated





    permanent collection


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    Islington (found)


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