German Ivory Museum Erbach

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German Ivory Museum Erbach
Deutsches Elfenbeinmuseum Erbach
Elfenbeinmuseum Erbach aussen.jpg
Established 1966
Location Erbach im Odenwald
Coordinates 49°39′47″N 9°0′3″E / 49.66306°N 9.00083°E / 49.66306; 9.00083
Type art
Collection size ivory, amber
Director Harald Buschmann
President Erbgraf Eberhard zu Erbach-Erbach
Curator Karlheinz Flach

The German Ivory Museum Erbach (Deutsches Elfenbeinmuseum Erbach) is a museum in Erbach im Odenwald, Germany. It was founded in 1966, but the collection was started by Count Francis I in late 18th century. The city of Erbach then developed to become one of the centres for ivory carving.

The museum exhibition consists of more than 2000 items that represent European, African, Asian, and Greenlandic ivory carving art from the Middle Ages to the present day. One of the focuses is the work of ivory carvers in the Odenwald area in the 19th and 20th centuries, for example Jan Holschuh.

In early 2006, the museum was modernised and extended.[1] Other ivory museums in this region are the privately owned Ivory Museum Michelstadt and the church-owned Ivory Museum Walldürn.



  • Hans Werner Hegemann: Wegweiser durch das Deutsche Elfenbeinmuseum Erbach. Deutsches Elfenbeinmuseum, Erbach 1979
  • Broschures of the German Ivory Museum Erbach.

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