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The Megiddo Ivories are thin carvings in ivory found at Tel Megiddo in modern-day Israel. The majority were excavated by Gordon Loud and are currently on display at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. The objects were found in the stratum VIIA, or Late Bronze Age layer of the site. Other examples are held at various other locations. Interestingly, the ivories are carved from hippopotamus incisors from Egypt. The artistic style of the items is also considered to be influenced by Egyptian conventions and an ivory pen case was found inscribed with the cartouche of Ramses III.


  • Gordon Loud, The Megiddo Ivories, Volume LII of the Oriental Institute Publications, 1939
  • The Megiddo Ivories, John A. Wilson, American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 42, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1938), pp. 333-336
  • Luxurious forms: Redefining a Mediterranean "International Style," 1400-1200 B.C.E., Marian H Feldman, The Art Bulletin, New York, Mar 2002. Vol. 84, Iss. 1

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