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This horn protector is fashioned from fitted ivory pieces. Contained within and protruding from one end is a mass of dark brown, somewhat decayed organic matter, possibly remnants of horn. The overall shape is cylindrical with concave sides. There are no indications of decoration or other...

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From Kerma, K1603-3x. February 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.


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter: 5 x 3.7 cm (1 15/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory, organics/wood?


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related