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This is a horn protector comprised of two fitted pieces that join to make a cylindrical whole with concave sides. Brown, somewhat degraded organic remains are evident on the interior; possibly degraded wood or horn. Incised bands have been applied around both base and top. Fragments have split...

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From Kerma, K1803-3x. January 1914: 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; 1920: Received by the MFA. (Accession date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter: 4.3 x 4.2 cm (1 11/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related