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Tau staff, commonly known as the pilgrim's staff of Saint Servatius, thus part of the so-called 'Servatiana' in the Treasury of the Basilica of Saint Servatius, Maastricht, Netherlands. Ivory crook, wooden staff with silver ornaments, iron point. Lorraine, 9th century.

Tau staff, commonly known as the pilgrim's staff of Saint Servatius, thus part of the so-called 'Servatiana' in the Treasury of the Basilica of Saint Servatius, Maastricht, Netherlands. Ivory crook, wooden staff with silver ornaments, iron point. Lorraine, 9th century.

A 19th century carved ivory dogs head handled walking stick Finely carved as a retriever type dog. 92 cm long.

A century carved ivory dogs head handled walking stick Finely carved as a retriever type dog.

19th Century Chinese Ivory Figure of Guanyin on Dragon; appx. 3 1/8 W, 7 H.  Waterford's Art & Antiques Auctioneers. Sold Dec. 15, 2012, $ 29,000

Century Chinese Ivory Figure of Guanyin : Lot 0036

19th Century Japanese Carved Ivory Mouse Traveler Netsuke Signed Gyokuseki

treasures-and-beauty: “ Century Japanese Carved Ivory Mouse Traveler Netsuke Signed Gyokuseki ”

An ivory okimono of Yama Uba and Kintaro, 19th century. Bonhams.

Not netsuke, rather an ivory okimono of Yama Uba and Kintaro Century. Yamada Sobi was a master of Okimono in iron and bronze.

Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John. Date 13th century (Medieval) Medium ivory with polychrome and glass inlay

A backwards P.Crozier Head with the Eagle of Saint John. Date century (Medieval) Medium ivory with polychrome and glass inlay

Africa | Drum from the Baule people of Ivory Coast | Leather, hide and vegetal fiber | 20th century. The harder you hit the louder the sound to be produced

Africa | Drum from the Baule people of Ivory Coast | Leather, hide and vegetal fiber | 20th century. The harder you hit the louder the sound to be produced

A well carved ivory netsuke of a mokugyo, by Gyokushû. Late 19th century. The handle in the shape of two dragons holding a pearl in their mouths, their scaly bodies rendered as a decorative pattern. Signed Gyokushû. En suite a miniature version of the netsuke as ojime with a spurious signature reading Gyokushû but written with a different second character.

A well carved ivory netsuke of a mokugyo, by Gyokushû. The handle in the shape of two dragons holding a pearl in their mouths, their scaly bodies rendered as a decorative pattern. En suite a miniature version of.

Tau-cross head- Winchester, ca 1140.  This piece originally formed the upper terminal of an ecclesiastical staff. The tau-cross form was used in England, both before and after the Norman conquest.  The skilful carving and intricacy of this ivory indicates, how high the standard of English carving was in the mid-twelfth century.

Tau-cross head Place of origin: Winchester, England (or Canterbury, probably, made) Date: ca. 1140 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Walrus ivory - V & A

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