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Former Director of the British Museum [[Neil MacGregor]] says of the manufacturing process:
{{quote|If you look closely, you can see that this little sculpture is the result, in fact, of four separate stone technologies. First, the tip of the tusk was severed with a chopping tool; then the contours of the animals were whittled with a stone knife and scraper. Then the whole thing was polished using a powdered [[iron oxide]] mixed with water, probably buffed up with a [[chamois leather]]. And finally the markings on the bodies and the details of the eyes were carefully incised with a stone engraving tool. In execution as well as in conception, this is a very complex work of art. And it seems to me that it has all the qualities of precise observation and interpretation that you'd look for in any great artist.<ref name=trans/>}}
 
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