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Fragments of gaming throw sticks

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This is a group of more than thirty ivory fragments, each fragment a strip with one flat (under)side and one rounded (upper) side (i.e. semi-circular in section). The routed sides have been decorated with incised, black-filled lines. They were probably throwsticks for gaming. For associated...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K2100. January 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-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, Kerma, 2400–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5.5 x 0.9 x 0.5 cm (2 3/16 x 3/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.1522

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Recreational