Container (hippopotamus ivory) for kohl (eye shadow) or ointment is made in the shape of a kneeling Syrian who supports on his shoulders a large amphora, which as been scooped out to hold ointment, Egypt 1000 BCE[1319×1800]

Container (hippopotamus ivory) for kohl (eye shadow) or ointment is made in the shape of a kneeling Syrian who supports on his shoulders a large amphora, which as been scooped out to hold ointment, Egypt 1000 BCE[1319×1800]

The Löwenmensch of the Hohlenstein-Stadel [Germany, 35-40.000 BP]. Carved from mammoth ivory and belonging to the Upper Palaeolithic Aurignacian culture it is the oldest, undisputed piece of figurative art [1960×1113]

The Löwenmensch of the Hohlenstein-Stadel [Germany, 35-40.000 BP]. Carved from mammoth ivory and belonging to the Upper Palaeolithic Aurignacian culture it is the oldest, undisputed piece of figurative art [1960×1113]

This small carving of a water bird was created 33,000 years ago. The sculpted piece of mammoth ivory, found in the Hohle Fels cave in Germany, may be the earliest representation of a bird. [900×675]

This small carving of a water bird was created 33,000 years ago. The sculpted piece of mammoth ivory, found in the Hohle Fels cave in Germany, may be the earliest representation of a bird. [900×675]

Artificial eye made of ivory, horn, and glass by Giovanni Batista Verle of Venice, c. 1670s. Accompanied by a book about the artificial eye dedicated to Ferdinando de’ Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, 1679. [2832×3932]

Artificial eye made of ivory, horn, and glass by Giovanni Batista Verle of Venice, c. 1670s. Accompanied by a book about the artificial eye dedicated to Ferdinando de’ Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, 1679. [2832×3932]

Ivory piston-action syringe which was probably used to siphon off blood or extract a build up of pus from a patient’s wound, European, c. 1700-1730. [4206×2832]

Ivory piston-action syringe which was probably used to siphon off blood or extract a build up of pus from a patient’s wound, European, c. 1700-1730. [4206×2832]

Board and pieces for the game of Hounds and Jackals, made of ivory. Ancient Egypt, 13th dynasty (ca. 1803-1649 BC). Other sets for this game have been found all across Egypt and Mesopotamia. [1353×1296]

Board and pieces for the game of Hounds and Jackals, made of ivory. Ancient Egypt, 13th dynasty (ca. 1803-1649 BC). Other sets for this game have been found all across Egypt and Mesopotamia. [1353×1296]

Ivory spectacle case with a carved skeleton grim reaper with a scythe which is also being held by a doctor (who is also holding a pair of spectacles), a baby in a cradle, and a hour glass, European, c. 1500. [3750×2868]

Ivory spectacle case with a carved skeleton grim reaper with a scythe which is also being held by a doctor (who is also holding a pair of spectacles), a baby in a cradle, and a hour glass, European, c. 1500.… Continue Reading