I'm really against the use of ivory, since animals are killed for that. However this artwork was so impressive that I have to take photos. I saw this carft in a store at Chinatown and the amont of rich details here were incredable. Take a look at the complementary photo for a complete view of the sculture made in ivory.
Ivory is a hard, white material, derived from the tusks and teeth of animals, that is used in art or manufacturing. It consists of dentine, a tissue that is similar to bone. It has been important since ancient times for making a range of items, from ivory carvings to false teeth, fans, dominoes, joint tubes, piano keys and billiard balls. Elephant ivory has been the most important source, but ivory from many species including the hippopotamus, walrus, pig, mammoth, sperm whale, and narwhal has been used.
The use and trade of elephant ivory have become controversial, because they have contributed to seriously declining elephant populations in many countries. In 1975, the Asian elephant was placed on Appendix One of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which prevents international trade between member countries. The African elephant was placed on Appendix One in January 1990. Since then, some southern African countries have had their populations of elephants "downlisted" to Appendix Two, allowing sale of some stockpiles.
Ivory and Chinesse culture
The Chinese have long valued ivory for both art and utilitarian objects. Early reference to the Chinese export of ivory is recorded after the Chinese explorer Zhang Qian ventured to the west to form alliances to enable the eventual free movement of Chinese goods to the west; as early as the first century BC, ivory was moved along the Northern Silk Road for consumption by western nations. Southeast Asian kingdoms included tusks of the Indian elephant in their annual tribute caravans to China. Chinese craftsmen carved ivory to make everything from images of deities to the pipe stems and end pieces of opium pipes.
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Bluejeans (64241) 2013-02-01 5:08
Oi André ,
Sem duvida uma bela peça de arte em marfim , mas sabemos a sua fonte uma morte de um animal selvagem , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jmdias (46230) 2013-04-22 15:52
também sou contra o uso do material, mas de fato as peças feitas com ele são fantásticas e esta aqui é belíssima. muito boa a nitidez e os detalhes da peça de arte. muitas vezes quando visitamos uma cidade as vitrines apresentam este tipo de surpresa. bem feito.
- Copyright: Andre Gustavo (bona) (10212)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-02
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Canon EF 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: New York City
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-29 6:27