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Prayer Bead in athe Form of a Skull: Christ Entering Jerusalem and Christ Carrrying the Cross, 1515 Boxwood Overall: 5.1 X 3.7 X 5.5 Cm (closed). the Thomson Collection of European Art © Art Gallery of Ontario
Idea Lab: Research at the AGO

317 Dundas Street
West Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
Canada
July 19th, 2012 - February 7th, 2015

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carvings

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Investigating Miniature Ivory and Boxwood Carvings

This exhibition invites you to explore ongoing research into five works of art from the Thomson Collection European Art at the AGO. Although each one is more than 500 years old, much remains to be discovered about these rare medieval carvings. Prized for their exceptional skill, craftsmanship and artistry, these mysterious objects inspire a range of questions: Who made it? How was it carved? Who owned it? How was it used?

Constantly seeking answers, AGO curators and conservators closely examine the works, comb through primary documents and travel internationally to scrutinize related objects and research materials. They also deploy scientific technologies, such as X-radiography (X-rays), micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and radiocarbon dating. New and in-depth research findings lead to a deeper understanding of these works and, consequently, the history of human creativity.