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Cylindrical ivory box with inlay

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This is a fragmentary cylindrical box of ivory with incised, inlayed decoration. The black filled decorative motif shows nine djed pillars (the hieroglyphic sign for "stability"). Several fragments have been joined, while some remain separate. A sizable portion of the box is missing. The...

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From Kerma, tomb K2100, SE corner on floor. January 1914: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Early–Classic Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Width x Depth x Length: 6.8 x 0.5 x 6.8 cm (2 11/16 x 3/16 x 2 11/16 in.)

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The Ancient World