Chryselephantine Sculpture


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Chryselephantine Sculpture

 

sculpture in gold and ivory. Chryselephantine sculpture, a genre typical of classical art, was mainly used for colossal statues of the gods. The statues consisted of a wooden frame on which were applied plates of ivory, representing exposed skin; clothing and hair were done in gold.

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