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Terrible Beauty: Elephant – Human – Ivory

Ivory is fascinating – and polarizing. As early as 40,000 years ago, humans were using mammoth tusks to create musical instruments and intricate representational figures. In the more recent past, animal tusks have come to symbolize injustice and brutality. The programme for Terrible Beauty: Elephant – Human – Ivory addresses this topic with the help of a temporary exhibition, a series of discussions and artistic events, and educational activities.

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Terrible Beauty: Elephant – Human – Ivory
Press Kit I Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss
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Images: Exhibition

Exhibition view "terrible beauty"
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view "terrible beauty"
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view "terrible beauty"
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view "terrible beauty"
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view "terrible beauty"
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view "terrible beauty"
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view "terrible beauty"
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel
Exhibition view "terrible beauty"
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photo: Alexander Schippel

Images

African elephant (Loxodonta africana) with broken tusk, Chobe National Park, Botswana
© Okapia / imageBROKER / Marc Rasmus
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and calf walking on savanna, calf looking at camera, Amboseli national park, Kenya.
© Andreanita /Alamy Stock Photo
Mammoth
Die realistische Formgebung der Elfenbeinfigur und viele Details, wie der geschwungene Rüssel, die Augen, Ohren, angedeutete Stoßzähne und der kleine Schwanz, lassen das Mammut besonders lebensecht wirken. Auf dem Kopf finden sich sechs feine Striche und auf den Fußsohlen ein Kreuzmuster. , Datierung: 35.000 v. H.
© bpk / Archäologisches Landesmuseum Baden-Württemberg / Manuela Schreiner
Elefantenzahn mit Relief, Cabinda (Angola), 19. Jh.
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum / Martin Franken
Piles of African elephant ivory set on fire by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). This burn included over 105 tons of elephant ivory, worth over $150 million. Nairobi National Park, Kenya, 30th April 2016
© Nature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo
Wildlife Cameraman filming African Elephants in Amboseli, Kenya
© MICHAEL CUTHBERT / Alamy Stock Photo
Key Visual
© Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Getty Images / Parimal Bansode; bpk / Museum für Asiatische Kunst, SMB / Ute Franz-Scarciglia; bpk / Museum für Islamische Kunst, SMB / Jürgen Liepe; Getty Images / Stockbyte