Art and Antiques Terminology
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Strictly speaking, ivory is the tusk of an elephant, although some people include the tusks of other mammals, such as walrus, in the definition, and some include the mammal’s teeth as well as its tusks. In the days before artificial polymers such as plastic, ivory had a wide range of uses in practical items such as game pieces, furniture knobs, cutlery handles and combs, as well as being highly prized for art and decorative objects.
Due to conservation issues, trade in ivory is now severely restricted or banned in many parts of the world, and one should take care to only buy and sell old ivory. Banning elephant ivory outright has not worked, however, as poaching has been increasing steadily and if anything has gotten worse over the last few years.
This is a Glossary of Art and Antiques Terminology. It includes Fine Art, Decorative Art and Design.
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