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Horn protector

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This horn protector of ivory is cylindrical with concave sides. Some additional fragments accompany it. The exterior surface is heavily worn, cracked, and flaking. The interior hollowing contains dark brown, organic matter that may be the degraded remnants of horn. Such items were placed...

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Provenance

From Kerma, tomb K439. 1913-16: 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: June 21, 1995)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 4.3 x 3.6 cm (1 11/16 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.2126

Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tools & equipment, Animal-related