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Elephant tusk with Phoenician inscription

  • Elephant tusk with Phoenician inscription. National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA © Ministerio de Cultura

    Elephant tusk with Phoenician inscription. National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Decorative arts

Date

6th-5th centuries B.C. according to B. Roldán; 5th-3rd centuries B.C. according to J. Mas.

Artist

Anónimo

Cultural background

Phoenician

Original title

Defensa de elefante con inscripción fenicia

Luxurious evidence of Phoenician trade

Elephant ivory piece featuring an engraved inscription using a sharp tool.

Studies carried out on these materials have shown that they are part of the cargo of a shipwrecked Phoenician vessel loaded with raw materials from various sources: African ivory, tin bars (possibly from Galicia or Great Britain) and amphorae from the central Mediterranean area and the Straits of Gibraltar circle.

Details of the work

Object
Tusk

Dimensions
Length = 880 mm; Diameter = 85 mm

Technique
Incision

Material
Ivory

Place of production
Western Mediterranean

  

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