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The Magdeburg Ivories


For the decoration of the Magdeburg Cathedral, Otto the Great had a group of ivory plaques made in Milan.

They were all once part of the same object - either an antependium, a bishop's throne, or a pulpit - that Otto donated for the newly built cathedral.

It is likely that the occasion of the donation was the raising of Magdeburg to an archbishopric in 968.


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