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Game Piece with Samson Slaying the Philistines with the Jawbone of an Ass

Game Piece with Samson Slaying the Philistines with the Jawbone of an Ass

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The treatise written for craftsmen by the early-twelfth-century monk Theophilus recommends using the red root of the madder plant to stain ivory. Staining allowed one side to be easily distinguished from the other, which was often left unpainted.

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1140 - 1149
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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