|Title||Ivory Gorgon Plaque|
|Photo Type||Cataloged Artifact|
|Description||Plaque-like fragment of ivory with one broad surface decorated in relief carving is possibly applique ornament for some larger object. Thin piece is flat across top and almost square in shape, with bottom corners tapered down to center of bottom; back, now worn, with cracks and traces of tool marks, was apparently flat, and edges, especially top, were also thin flat planes; front is carved to represent gorgon or other grimmacing monster face from forehead to cheeks and chin. Forehead is long, thin rectangular plane of same level as bridge and thin line down center of vertical nose; below it are rectangular recesses with slightly rounded bottoms - set inside are almond-shaped, sharply cut ridges with pointed, round-centered, raised almond shapes set inside them to indicate lids and eyeballs; below these, nose is flat-topped, inverted, T-shaped area with very slightly rounded nostrils at sides of the T, and with flat bottom. Cheeks are formed by the slightly raised areas left between features, and are indented by two fangs rising from mouth, an oval set horizontally and outlined with a groove and ridge. Inside, below top ridge or lip, are set in center, between the fangs, five triangular wedge-shaped areas representing teeth; below these and overlapping bottom edge of mouth, reaching almost to chin, is tongue, a round-tipped, concave or shovel-shaped area; on either side are fangs, outward curving tusk-shaped raised areas with two larger ones extending out and up from bottom lip to cheeks, and two smaller ones pointing out over chin from bottom corners of the larger fangs - all four fangs differ slightly from each other in length. Chin is almost flat, a ridge on bottom set just below tip of tongue, and above actual edge of piece.|
|Property or Relation||Value(s)|
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