back to spartan crafts

Spartan crafts - Ivory Lion

From about 700 BC, Sparta became increasingly wealthy. As people became wealthier, they could afford to offer the goddess Artemis Orthia objects made from luxury materials, such as ivory. This inspired ivory workers in Sparta to produce increasingly fine ivory carvings.

The example here has become cracked and discoloured over time.

back to Spartan Crafts desk...

 
© The British Museum 2004