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Ivory inlay of a bird (pheasant?)

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This inlay fragment depicts the head of a bird (ostrich/bustard) with a long neck and prominently rendered head feathers. A small portion of a wing appear behind the head as well. Details such as eye, mouth, and feathers are incised and filled with a brown fill. The inlay accompanies object...

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From Kerma, K1001:5. 1913: 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: December 4, 1913)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, Early–about 2400–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.5 cm (1 11/16 x 15/16 x 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World