The practice of rendering bone into a work of art dates back to the prehistoric past. Bone carving has been associated with many civilizations around the world that favoured it as an art medium. Artworks featuring animal bones were typically associated with ceremony, ritual, and religion. Artisans sometimes made cuts in the bone or carved intricate designs into it. The bone may have been fashioned into ornaments for the home as well as jewellery worn by men, women, and children. Artisans developed many techniques for working with a bone to render it into their desired forms or to employ their patterned designs.