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Gold-ivory technique
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(also called Chryselephantine technique). The naked parts of a statue were primarily worked from  ivory; and the garments and hair from sheet-gold, and materials like glass, precious stones and coloured metals were also used. Chryselephantine works were rare because of the value of their materials and are only extant in fragmentary form. The manufacturing technique is therefore not known in detail and appears to be mainly dependent on the size of the work. If the work was life-size, ivory was u…

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Neudecker, Richard (Rome), “Gold-ivory technique”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 13 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e426130>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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