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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

20.1781

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Furniture