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INTRODUCTION | WHAT IS IVORY? | THE IVORIES | IDENTIFYING IVORY | GLOSSARY


IDENTIFYING IVORY

Supplies for Preliminary Identification of Ivory and Ivory Substitutes

  • Long wave ultraviolet light
  • (Optional) Set of comparison standards consisting of exemplar pieces of ivory, bone, shell, vegetable ivory, and manufactured ivory substitutes
  • 10X magnifying glass
  • Photocopy machine with variable contrast
  • Ruler
  • Protractor

Long wave ultraviolet radiation is hazardous to the eyes. NEVER look directly at a UV light.

PRELIMINARY IDENTIFICATION SCHEME

Table 1: Scheme for the Preliminary Characterization of Ivory and Ivory Substitutes in Cross-Section.

Table 1: Scheme for the Preliminary Characterization of Ivory and Ivory Substitutes in Cross-Section.

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