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The Salutation



Production date

1600 = 1650

Object number

CH 1996.83

Physical Description

Flemish carved figures, The Salutation. Ivory carving on black pedestal. This object is part of the Chalmers Bequest. Ledger clerk Alexander Henry Chalmers bequeathed a collection of art to the London Borough of Stoke Newington (now part of the London Borough of Hackney) in 1927.



Exhibition Label

From the exhibition 'African Threads, Hackney Style: 400 years of textiles journeys from Africa to Hackney' [1 October 2015 - 23 January 2016]

The goods traded with West Africa helped Britain to flourish and grow its empire.

Ivory, or elephants’ teeth, were used by cutlers and craftsmen. Cutlers would use the ivory to make decorative handles for cutlery and craft people would use it for decorative purposes for furniture or sculptures.

This Flemish sculpture was made in the 1600s, probably from ivory from West Africa. It was bought in the early 1900s by Alexander Chalmers who lived in Stoke Newington.

Redwood and dyestuffs were in demand by clothing manufacturers in Britain. The textile trade in Britain was a lucrative source of income and dyes made the items more attractive and increased their value. Pepper and palm oil were the other commodities brought back to Britain.

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