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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Anthony CutlerAnthony Cutler

(ἐλέφας), made from elephant tusks, the principal organic material used in the creation of ceremonial and useful objects, icons, and appliqués for furniture and doors. Dependent on commerce with Africa and India, the availability of ivory varied greatly, although the appeal of its exotic origin and lustrous nature never waned. Its reputation in late antiquity as an imperial material is indicated by the barbarian offering of a giant tusk on the ... ...

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