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Fragments of ivory staff or lid

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7 fragments of ivory possibly from the top of a staff or cap of kohl tube; from two objects. Cylindrical with slightly angled sides, hollow center with thin side walls at one end to thicker at the other. Thicker end is decorated with 6 horizontal stripes. Larger piece has sides with four four...

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From Kerma, Meroitic cemetery, grave K7. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 270 B.C.–A.D. 320


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x depth: 2.4 x 2 cm (15/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Unclassifiable objects, Function Unknown