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Madder Game Piece

Game Piece with Samson Slaying the Philistines with the Jawbone of an Ass, 1140–50
German
Elephant ivory, red stain; Overall: 2 1/2 x 1/2 in. (6.3 x 1.3 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
17.190.141

Theophilus, the twelfth-century Benedictine author of On Diverse Arts, included a chapter on how to redden ivory in his treatise.

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