Marvels of Materials: Authored by Doug Braun, Binghamton UniversityMain MenuMarvels of Materials: Trade and Materiality in Ancient EgyptA virtual exhibition designed by Doug Braun (Binghamton University, class of 2020)Marvels of Materials, by Doug Braun (Binghamton University)Distribution of raw materials and finished goods in the second millennium BCEThe Voyage to Punt Relief: Trading in Ancient EgyptTravertineEgyptian faienceLimestoneEgyptian blueCobaltWoodMeet the Author: Doug BraunHilary Becker8acde8ddd866de3e1500ef02591b1ae693bb7788Written by Doug Braun, Binghamton University
12020-04-14T20:11:32-07:00Hilary Becker8acde8ddd866de3e1500ef02591b1ae693bb7788372236Authored by Doug Braun, Binghamton Universityplain2020-04-15T13:43:03-07:00Hilary Becker8acde8ddd866de3e1500ef02591b1ae693bb7788Ivory, prized for its workability, was an extremely valued material within Egypt and the ancient world as a whole. The Egyptians sourced their ivory from hippopotamuses, which are native to the Nile Delta, and elephants, which had widespread populations across Africa and Asia. Egyptians mainly obtained their elephant ivory from the savannahs of southern Nubia (modern Sudan) or from Punt, on Africa’s Red Sea coast. With connections to Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as their own local supply of hippo ivory, Egyptians became the middle-men of the ivory trade in the Mediterranean, with production peaking in the 18th Dynasty (1550-1292 BCE). Hippo ivory, while more durable, was less workable, and also had a natural curvature, making it ideal for making wands for ritual use, while more malleable elephant ivory was used for making objects ranging from inlays to vessels.
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1media/Ivory finial_thumb.jpg2020-04-15T13:21:11-07:00Ivory finial.2Egyptian, Decorative finial Ivory Gift of Kenneth Lindsay 1964.198. Photo courtesy of the Binghamton University Art Museum.media/Ivory finial.jpgplain2020-04-15T13:51:27-07:00