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Fragment of open-work bird

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Open-work, double-sided fragment of the foot, leg and talons of a bird. The talons are surrounding a striated feathered pattern. Possibly representing the tail. The piece is glazed on both sides and the details of the leg, foot and talons are painted on both sides.


From Nubia, Kerma, K3500 debris. February, 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Object Place

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 5.5 x 5.6 x 0.7cm (2 3/16 x 2 3/16 x 1/4in.)

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The Ancient World