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Figure of a scorpion

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Glazed quartz fragment of a large scale sculpture of a scorpion, with a portion of the thorax and the two legs on one side and three legs on the other. There are traces of blue glaze remaining. The surface is rough. Largest piece of 13.5758 joins to front. NOTE: The incorrect object number,...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tumulus K III, comp. 5-3. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1920: Received by the MFA. (Accession date: March 1, 1920.)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width: 14.4 x 24.3 cm (5 11/16 x 9 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1666

Medium or Technique

Glazed quartz

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture