chryselephantine


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chryselephantine

(krĭs'ĕləfăn`tĭn, –tīn), Greek sculptural technique developed in the 6th cent. B.C. Sculptures, especially temple colossi, were made with an inner core of wood overlaid with ivory, to simulate flesh, and gold, to represent drapery. The great Parthenon Athena, now lost, was chryselephantine.

chryselephantine

Made of gold and ivory; descriptive of statues of divinities, like Zeus at Olympia, with ivory for the flesh and gold for the drapery, on a wooden armature.
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The better and closer example is perhaps the chryselephantine statue of Zeus by Pheidias, which we know to have been displayed in Constantinople.
This emphasis on chryselephantine sculpture partly needs to be read against the background of the prevailing ethnocentrism.
Schweitzer's statue of Zeus is thus not to be identified with the Cypselid Zeus, especially since the statue described by Pausanias may well have been chryselephantine, and the Cypselid Zeus was made of hammered gold (that is, it was sphyrelaton).
Dinsmoor in supposing that the group of Hera and Zeus was not chryselephantine and is opposed by Pausanias by virtue of its simplicity to the gold and ivory statues that follow.
We are also treated to explanations of how ivory is shaped, bent, and molded to create a chryselephantine statue, with illustrations, and why the pool in front of the statue was necessary; it's the glue in the joined strips that needs the moisture.
Chryselephantine Statuary in theAncient Mediterranean World Oxford.
Top material is chryselephantine (gilded bronze and ivory).
Preiss was quite particular, often using the chryselephantine - a combination of ivory and bronze - for his models of young girls, usually in the form of a dancer but sometimes a simple standing nude with her arms flung joyously wide above her head.
It has also been proposed that it represents the legendary master craftsman Daidalos, who built the labyrinth at Knossos, or even the famous 5th-century BC Athenian sculptor Pheidias, creator of the chryselephantine cult statue of Zeus at Olympia and master craftsman of the sculptures of the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis.
430, catch glimpses of the magnificent, colossal, chryselephantine seated statue of Zeus within the cella.