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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 319 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHRYSELEPHANTINE (Gr. xpvouOr, gold, and XEgas, ivory), the architectural term given to statues which were built up on a wooden core, with ivory representing the flesh and gold the drapery. The two most celebrated examples are those by Pheidias of the statue of Athena in the Parthenon and of Zeus in the temple at Olympia.
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