A Rebellion in Ivory

Fall of the Rebel Angels

This is one of the most extraordinary sculptures I’ve ever seen.  “The Fall of the Rebel Angels” is carved from a single piece of ivory.  Made in Italy in the early 1700s by an unknown artist, it stands nearly a foot tall and depicts the demise of Heaven’s rebellious angels into the depths of the netherworld.  Notice Adam and Eve clinging to the “Tree of Knowledge” at the bottom.  The item is currently on display at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

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9 responses to “A Rebellion in Ivory

  1. Al

    That is incredible. The detail is intense

  2. Unbelievable. So intricate. I can’t imagine the hours it took to complete.

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