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Horn protector

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This fragment, fashioned from ivory, comprises approximatey half of a protective cap likely for a ram's horn. Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from injury.

Provenance

From Kerma, K1043:8. 1912-13: 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. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Early Kerma, about 2400–1550 B.C.

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 6.3 x 4.5 x 2.7 cm (2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4162

Medium or Technique

Ivory

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Animal-related