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Head of a cat (game piece?)

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Head of a game-peg in the form of a cat head, slightly flattened. Fashioned from a single sheet of composite gold and silver (electrum), once attached to a gaming stick of wood or ivory. once attached to a gaming stick of wood or ivory.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 13. 1919: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Early Napatan Period, 820–800 B.C.

Findspot

el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 1.4 x 1.0 cm (9/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.11810

Medium or Technique

Electrum

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Recreational