Centuries Old Ancient Ivory Carvings Gallery From All Around The World

Ivory is a term usually employed to particularize the tusk of the elephant.

Centuries Old Ancient Ivory Carvings Gallery From All Around The World

India which has high traditions in ivory carving right from Indus civilization is represented by carved ivory figures from Assam; chessmen, small toys, household articles from Lucknow; intricately carved lamp shade, religious figures, woven ivory mat and replicas of the historical sites from Mysore, all of 19th and 20th centuries.

The Salar Jung Museum has a good collection of ivory carvings from different parts of the world. The collection of ivory gives an excellent idea of ivory as a medium of plastic art.

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Experts say that the Chinese have been carrying on ivory carving for more than 3000 years. The Museum’s Chinese ivories of late 18th and 19th centuries include serene human figures. Vividly portrayed birds and other creatures and the intriguing Cantonese concentric balls-ball with in ball affairs.

The chessmen, chausar sets of Ivory in the collection form an interesting group. Amongst the objects of European ivory carvings, a set of our ivory chairs said to have been presented by Louis XVI of France to Tipu Sultan of Mysore deserves special mention. 

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The collection of carved paper cutters also forms a splendid group. The large size paper cutter catches the attention of the onlooker. Apart from the above, there are also procession scenes, delicately carved boxes, fly whisks, figures of animals and bedsteads.

The Japanese, though late entrants in the field of ivory carving, show themselves as expert carvers the proof borne our by the their delicately carved figures painted with designs in gold lacquer and realistic representation of shrines preserved in the Museum.

Though not of the first rate quality some of the late Egyptian ivory figures displayed are coloured brown, an artistic decoration indulged in by ancient Egyptions who had achieved high quality ivory carving before 3000 B.C.

Although ivory carving a was widely practiced during the historical periods of Europe very little carved ivory appears to have ended up in museums except in private collections and far-flung monasteries in Europe. French ivories dominate the 19th and 20th centuries museum collection. French ivories show a variety of social subjects such as beggars. German ivories include beer mugs. English ivories comprise portraits.