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Horn protector fragments

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This group of fragments, including an ivory/shell disc and a piece of wood with ivory/bone inlays, would originally have been parts of a horn protector of some other material (likely wood). Such items were placed over the tips of animal horns (especially those of rams) to protect people from...

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From Kerma, K433. 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. (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)


Length x depth: 4 x 0.2 cm (1 9/16 x 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory, wood


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related