The topic of ivory, how to identify it and whether it is legal or not is too complicated a subject for me to tackle here. But IVORY is the subject of one of my favorite books:
KING OF THE CONFESSORS by Thomas Hoving.
It received rave reviews at its publication in 1981. The cover blurb says it is, "The true story of the incredible search for an incredible treasure..." "Like a sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark!"
The Los Angeles Times said, "The most exciting and enriching book I have read in some little while. This is the true story of an art acquisition, written -- quite justifiably -- in the style of a thriller."
I would have to agree with their enthusiasm. It is the enthralling story of a young curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who is anxious to acquire a mysterious work of art known as the King of the Confessors. This is a large altar cross dating from the tenth century, that is magnificently carved in walrus ivory, covered with dozens of intricate and delicate figures and worth millions of dollars. Hoving's task is to first establish that the cross exists, and if it does, find it, obtain it for the museum, and thereby establish his career for a life time.
If you would like to read a book that is far from "run of the mill", is engrossing and believable, this is well worth reading!
In fact, it is time I read it again!
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