Ivory and Bone Sculpture in Ancient Alexandria

Auteur(s) : Elzbieta Rodziewicz

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In this second volume in the new series entitled Antiquités Alexandrines, Elzbieta Rodziewicz presents an overview of Alexandrian bone and ivory work by drawing upon her incomparable knowledge of the material that has been unearthed from the excavations of the Polish mission at Kom el-Dikka, as well as the salvage digs of the Centre d’Études Alexandrines in the Brucheion district, the western necropolis and the chora of the city. After examining the vestiges found within the workshops around Street R4 and neighbourhood, she explores the sources of supply—Indian and African elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and other mammals. She reconstitutes the manufacturing techniques and describes the various uses of the material—elements of furniture and boxes, jewellery, tools, games, dolls etc.—, the styles, the traditions and the sometimes sudden changes. From this solid base, she then tracks Alexandrian productions that have been discovered in other sites of the Mediterranean, at Rome, Pompeii, Corinth etc., and in the churches and monasteries of the medieval west that held ornate reliquaries, as well as in the museums of the entire world. Rodziewicz gives us a history of bone and ivory work from the Ptolemaic era up

until the first centuries after the Arab conquest in 642.

    Collection : Antiquités Alexandrines

  • Publication 2017
  • ISBN 978-2-11-129857-6
  • Support Livre relié
  • Num. dans la collection 2
  • Nombre de pages 204
  • Illustrations noir & blanc et couleur

Introduction

Ivory carving in Ptolemaic Alexandria

Alexandrian ivories of archaeological and antiquarian origin

Greek and Macedonian predecessors of Alexandrian ivory carvings

The significance of ivory in Ptolemaic Alexandria

New iconography and old tradition in Ptolemaic ivory carving

The display of ivories during the great Ptolemaic festival in Alexandria

Sources of ivory in Alexandria

Royal ivory gifts in Ptolemaic Alexandria

Elephants and other exotic animals in Ptolemaic art

The distribution of Alexandrian ivory carvings during the Hellenistic and Early Roman periods 52

Bone and ivory carving in Roman Alexandria

Continuation of the Ptolemaic tradition in the Roman period

The repertoire of bone and ivory carvings in the Roman period

Bone and ivory decoration on so-called bridal caskets

Coloured bone and ivory appliqués of the Roman period

The distribution of Alexandrian bone and ivory carvings during the Roman period

Bone and ivory carving in Byzantine Alexandria

Chlamydatus, the finest Byzantine ivory relief found in Alexandria

Bone and ivory reliefs on Byzantine candle-stands, handles and pyxides

Bone and ivory tondos in Byzantine Alexandria

Representations of Dionysos in Byzantine bone and ivory carvings

Hellenistic tendencies in Alexandrian bone carvings of late antiquity

Ritual destruction of ivory cult objects in late antique Alexandria

Reworking of older bone and ivory carvings in Byzantine Alexandria

Bone and ivory carving of the Early Islamic period in Alexandria

Archaeological research versus medieval legend

Early Islamic bone dolls in Alexandria

Early Islamic bone appliqués with floral or vegetal decoration

Comparative studies of early Islamic bone carving in Alexandria and Fustat

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