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Horn protectors

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This is a pair of horn protectors. They are comprised of small fitted pieces of ivory which now show sizable breaks. Remnants of decayed, dark brown oganic matter adhere to the interiors (possibly horn remnants or wood). Likely residues of mud cement on the end of one likely indicate the...

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From Kerma, K1620x. 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: 4.6 x 3.3 cm (1 13/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory, organic remains


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related